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Single-Family Housing Permits Authorized in Maine

February 2014

141

February 2013

129

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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News from December 24, 2013

December 24, 2013

Stocks end on a high note before Christmas

The last five days of gains have added to what has been a historic year for stock market investors.

December 24, 2013

JPMorgan boosts debit-card spending limits after data breach at Target

Most affected account holders can now withdraw $300 in cash and make purchases of up to $1,000.

December 24, 2013

Holiday sales down for third week

The numbers, which don’t include online sales, are another challenge in what has largely turned out to be a disappointing holiday shopping season for stores.

December 24, 2013

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December 24, 2013

Apple deal with China Mobile boosts stocks

Trading is light to start the week, but ‘everything is going in the right direction,’ one analyst says.

December 24, 2013

Portland developer files for permit for new DHHS, labor building

ELC Management Inc. has proposed constructing a new facility in South Portland that many have opposed.

December 24, 2013

Stores make one last push for holiday sales

Retailers offer discounts, free overnight shipping and marathon hours in an effort to lure shoppers.

December 24, 2013

Briefcase

Personal income up 1.1% in Maine/ Durable goods lead surge in consumer spending/Hyundai, Kia agree to pay for overstating gas mileage.