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 21, 2014

February 21

Maine business owner hit by fake utility scam

Callers demand money in the form of a prepaid debit card, and use a threat that the electricity will be shut off without immediate payment.

February 22

Proposed Verso, NewPage merger in jeopardy

NewPage files an objection to Verso’s request to back out of a provision that would allow NewPage to restructure its debt.

February 22

Panel gives restaurant inspections another look

Lawmakers reject a bill to allow municipal monitoring and ask the state to report back on costs of adding annual oversight.

February 21

Federal agencies split over allowing cellphone calls in flight

passengers, flight attendants and frequently flying members of Congress favor a ban.

February 21

Maine home sales increase in January, despite national decline

The median price also increases, to $166,500, Realtors report.

February 21

Pine State also wins job of marketing Maine liquor

The state chooses the Gardiner-based company for another 10-year contract, after awarding it a 10-year contract last month to distribute spirits to retailers.

February 21

Railroads hauling oil agree to new safety measures

Since 2008, the number of tanker cars hauling oil has increased 40-fold, and federal records show that’s been accompanied by a dramatic spike in accidental spills.

February 21

Under Armour extends deal with U.S. Speedskating Several photos included in this story

The athletic gear maker spent years developing a new speedskating suit that debuted during the Olympics but flopped. Now it’s ready to try again.

February 21

Facebook’s $19 billion deal called ‘staggering’ Several photos included in this story

As Mark Zuckerberg expresses confidence, analysts weigh in on his company’s purchase of WhatsApp.

February 21

Fewer file for jobless benefits

Employers seem to be holding the line on firings even as cold weather slows industries.

February 21

U.S. inflation stays mild in January as consumer prices rise just 0.1%

The small increase occurred even though cold weather pushed up the cost of natural gas, electricity and other home energy sources.

February 21

Sports bar chain to pay $8.5 million for wage, tip violations

Besides the largest wage settlement in U.S. Labor Department history, Chickie’s and Pete’s will also pay $1.7 million to settle private lawsuits.

February 21

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