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 7, 2014

February 7

Hackers may have used vendor to access Target data

The new information illustrates what can go wrong with the extensive computer networks that support large companies.

February 7

$9 million dredging of Portland Harbor begins

The Casco Bay Bridge will be opening more often and crews will also blast a ledge in the channel.

February 8

Maine attorney general sues Bangor-based used car dealer Video clip included

The lawsuit alleges Glenn A. Geiser Jr. and his dealerships engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices.

February 7

Maine paper mill temporarily lays off more than 200

Great Northern says it is working on restructuring its mill operations and lowering production costs.

February 7

Bill to fund startup investment gets approval in Maine Senate

The proposed measure would allow small businesses to raise up to $1 million by advertising and selling company shares to Maine residents.

February 7

Food industry pushes for voluntary labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients

Companies would prefer not to see the states requiring the notices on such products.

February 7

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February 7

Former Capital Advisors trader convicted of insider trading

Prosecutors had said in 2012 that this may be the most lucrative insider trading scheme of all time.

February 7

G.I. Joe turns 50 years old

The world’s first action figure is being celebrated this month by collectors and the maker of the toy.

February 7

Stock market has its best day of 2014

Good news from Europe and the U.S. lift stocks to their largest single-day increase since Dec. 18.

February 7

Maine pawnbroker turns crime-fighter – and films it for fun Video clip included

Police will honor Mike Fink for helping them recover thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen goods – an event he can add to his online video collection.

February 7

U.S. yogurt destined for Olympics hits import red tape

Russia says Chobani can’t bring its product to U.S. athletes because a certificate required for dairy products wasn’t provided.