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 February 20, 2014

February 21

Two Maine outdoor concert venues proposed. Only one may be approved.

The first waterfront stage built in South Portland or Westbrook will be the only one, an official predicts.

February 20

Ferry operator seeks Nova Scotia’s help with financial backing

Nova Star Cruises, set to start Maine service May 1, must show it has adequate resources before it can start booking reservations.

February 20

Number of U.S. farms declines, and farmers are getting older

However, there is a small rise in the number of younger farmers, a government census finds.

February 20

Olympic sponsors look for different kind of win

Advertisers who succeed harness the feel-good nature of the games and convey a message about their products.

February 20

Census: Number of farms in Maine growing

The data shows Maine leads New England for total number of farms.

February 20

Bitcoin ATM arrives at Boston’s South Station

Bitcoin is an open-source currency affiliated with no country or bank, which can be bought and sold anonymously.

February 20

Innovations to be explored at Maine timber industry forum

They include new specialty papers and ultra-efficient generators that produce steam and electricity for industrial applications.

February 20

Mercury contamination in Penobscot River lobsters was known for 8 years

But consumers didn’t learn about the ‘hazardous’ levels until a state agency closed the fishing area.

February 24

Closure to affect hundreds of Maine lobster, crab harvesters

Others wonder how the closure of the Penobscot River area will reflect on the Maine lobster brand.

February 20

On the Move

Hirings, promotions and awards in the Maine business community

February 20

Stores track shoppers via smartphones

Companies collecting the data say it’s anonymous, but consumer advocates say it’s spying.

February 20

Nebraska judge blocks Keystone XL pipeline

The ruling – a victory for landowners – invalidates the approval of a route through the state.

February 20


February 20

Credit card firms offer cardless shopping

February 20

Lawyers for Quebec rail crash victims pressured in bankruptcy case

The trustee for the Maine-based company blamed for the Lac-Megantic tragedy says the legal team is not following the court’s rules.

February 20

Portland’s Mac Air Group spreads its wings

Formerly Maine Aviation Corp., the company turns its attention to the luxury aircraft market.

February 20

A Word with the Boss: His home sales record is through the roof

David Banks eclipsed $100 million in sales for RE/MAX By the Bay in 2013.