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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 June 17, 2013

June 17, 2013

Seattle businessman tries his luck at building marijuana brand

Jamen Shively hopes to build an international marijuana empire. He also risks getting himself indicted.

June 17, 2013

Seacoast Energy in Newcastle buys TempControl

The purchase expands the company's range of services and and geographic territory.

June 17, 2013

IVantage Health Analytics in Portland gets $10M investment

The health-care information company says the money will be used to add staff and technology infrastructure, and expand sales and marketing efforts.

June 17, 2013

Sweeping US-EU trade talks to start in July

President Barack Obama says a deal would be "a priority of mine" and that he was "confident we can get it done."

June 17, 2013

U.S. homebuilder confidence soars to 7-year high

Steady job growth, low mortgage rates, rising home prices and tight supplies of homes for sale have supported a recovery in housing this year.

June 17, 2013

World looks to Bernanke to clarify stimulus plans

Financial markets have been gyrating in the 3½ weeks since he told Congress the Fed might scale back its effort to keep long-term rates at record lows.

June 17, 2013

Apple details government requests for data

The company says the most common requests came from police investigating robberies and other crimes, searching for missing children, trying to locate a patient with Alzheimer's, or hoping to prevent a suicide.

June 17, 2013

G8 faces uncertain recoveries, turbulent markets

On the sidelines and over dinner, it's expected that the discussions will broaden to include the election results in Iran and data protection, following revelations about a U.S. counterterror surveillance program.

June 17, 2013

Social media not friendly or forgiving to business

A clash between a motorist and a cyclist that moved online results in a loss of corporate sponsors.