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 December 12, 2013

December 12, 2013

Safety crackdown closes 52 bus companies

Risky practices included letting drivers go 800 miles without rest, and operating with bad brakes.

December 12, 2013

Drop in foreclosures, but not in Maine

With loan default notices also on the rise, observers say it will be a while before Maine sees a rebound like other states.

December 12, 2013

U.S. shoppers tighten fists, sobering retailers

Consumers are used to bargains, have learned they can live with less, and are burned out on the frenzy of the season.

December 12, 2013

Maine environmental groups clash over wind power Several photos included in this story

A report by Maine Audubon that says turbines can be compatible with wildlife is attacked by other advocates.

December 12, 2013

Maine man pleads guilty to illegal scallop harvesting conspiracy

D.C. Air & Seafood and Christopher Byers of Winter Harbor plead guilty to working with fishermen to conceal the harvesting of nearly 80,000 pounds of scallops.

December 12, 2013

Stock market takes biggest loss in five weeks, after big 2013 rally

Lower-than-anticipated earnings from a handful of U.S. companies and ‘buyer’s fatigue’ are cited.

December 12, 2013

On the Move



December 12, 2013

A Word with the Boss: Long hours, trusty recipe work to grow Frosty’s Donuts

Shelby and Nels Omdal are expanding their Brunswick-based business.

December 12, 2013

Retailers step up price matching

Some big-box stores offer the policies, favoring the consumer, to compete with Amazon’s deals.

December 12, 2013

Google got improper jet fuel discounts

Three billionaires saved up to $5.3 million dating back to the depths of 2009 recession.

December 12, 2013

Briefcase



December 12, 2013

Iconic Portland hotel to reopen with new look, old bones Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The renovated Eastland, now a Westin, mixes tradition with modern amenities after a $50 million renovation.