Maine by the numbers

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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 22, 2013

March 22, 2013

Lawmaker proposes relief for Northeast fishermen

Sen. Elizabeth Warren's bill is co-sponsored by six Democrats plus Sen. Angus King of Maine.

March 23, 2013

Maine panel: Raise minimum wage to $8 in 2014

But the 8-5 vote engineered by Democrats will face a challenge in the Legislature and could be vetoed by Gov. Paul LePage.

March 22, 2013

Cash registers: Going out of business?

Increasingly, stores are turning to smartphones and tablets as a more convenient checkout tool.

March 22, 2013

February home sales dip in Maine

The Maine Association of Realtors says real estate agents sold 593 homes last month, down from 624 a year ago.

March 22, 2013

Coke again misses Passover boat



March 22, 2013

Coca-Cola cutting 750 jobs



March 22, 2013

Fixed mortgage rates stay near historic lows

 The low mortgage rates spur more home purchases and refinancing, boosting the economy

March 22, 2013

Briefcase



March 22, 2013

Stalled condo project faces suit over pay

The developer reassesses the market for the units planned for the India Street neighborhood.

March 22, 2013

Hollywood celebrating banner year



March 22, 2013

First-time claims by jobless show slight gain

But the four-week average for initial unemployment benefits falls to a five-year low, the government says.