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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 September 20, 2013

September 20, 2013

BlackBerry to cut 4,500 jobs after losing $1 billion

Shares were halted pending the news and plunged as low as $8.01 when the stock reopened for trading.

September 20, 2013

Senator raises concern about Apple's fingerprint technology

Apple responds that the data is stored on the iPhone 5s in a place that's inaccessible to others and the feature can be disabled.

September 20, 2013

Maine wind farm chosen to provide electricity to Conn.

The project is one of two chosen in response to legislation authorizing the state to procure energy from renewable sources.

September 20, 2013

EPA to limit emissions from new power plants

The industry is expected to wage a court challenge to the standard for coal- and gas-fired power plants.

September 20, 2013

Maine unemployment rate 7 percent for August

The August rate is up slightly from July, but still lower than it was a year ago.

September 20, 2013

Revamps for Olive Garden, Red Lobster fall flat

Darden Restaurants Inc. struggles to keep pace with a shifting industry, with more people heading to chains such as Chipotle that offer food perceived to be higher quality at relatively cheaper prices.

September 21, 2013

Mainers answer the call for new iPhone models Several photos included in this story

Dozens wait in line during the wee hours Friday for the Apple Store at the Maine Mall to open.

September 20, 2013

Five communities get livable cities grants



September 20, 2013

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