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Maine Retail Sales

Q4 – 2013

$4.53 Billion

Q4 – 2012

$4.45 Billion

Source: State of Maine

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News from March 19, 2013

March 19, 2013

Microsoft targeted by bribery inquiry

Federal officials reportedly are looking into whether kickbacks were paid to close sales of software.

March 20, 2013

Ryanair order boosts Boeing

In some much-needed good news, the European discount airline will buy 175 of the company's 737 jets.

March 19, 2013

Cyprus rejects plan to tax bank deposits



March 19, 2013

New Orleans taxi company launches backseat vending

Passengers in some cabs will have the chance to buy cold drinks en route.

March 19, 2013

Use of government funds questioned at fish hearing

With the groundfishing industry bracing for catch limits cuts, NOAA's spending on itself is under attack.

March 19, 2013

Many U.S. workers lack confidence in easy retirement

Confidence in the ability to fund a comfortable old age remains at a record low.

March 19, 2013

U.S. economy up, but interest rates stay low

Short-term interest rates will likely remain at record lows until unemployment drops to 6.5 percent.

March 19, 2013

Judge OKs sale of Twinkies, other Hostess brands

The Biddeford bakery’s fate is unclear.

March 19, 2013

Cypriots resist seizure of deposits

 Banks are closed and a vote is delayed as officials seek to reduce the impact on smaller depositors.

March 19, 2013

Bloomberg wants tobacco out of sight in New York City



March 19, 2013

Concerns about euro send U.S. stocks lower



March 19, 2013

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