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 March 27, 2013

March 28, 2013

Committee members want new draft of Maine liquor bill

The lawmakers say that combining the best of the two plans would resolve the partisan dispute.

March 27, 2013

Supreme Court turns away class action against Comcast

The lawsuit claimed the company's monopoly in parts of the Philadelphia area allowed it to raise prices unfairly.

March 27, 2013

Portland business continues fight over paper mill case

A Portland company led by energy consultant Richard Silkman says the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's market manipulation case against Rumford Paper Co. "will not hold up to scrutiny in a fair, judicial setting.”

March 27, 2013

Panera expands pay-what-you-want experiment

The new idea experiments with a single menu item, Turkey Chili in a Bread Bowl, available at each St. Louis-area store for whatever the customer chooses to pay.

March 27, 2013

Calif. city uses 'smart' meters to offer free Wi-Fi

The new meters send electricity and water usage reports via a wireless network, but in Santa Clara they also have a separate channel that provides free, outdoor Internet.

March 27, 2013

Cyprus businesses under stress as banks stay closed

 'This is destructive for us,' says an official in the country's important shipping industry.

March 27, 2013

Private cargo ship returns to Earth from space station

 Capsule brings back more than 1 ton of science experiments, old equipment and Lego blocks.

March 27, 2013

Housing, manfacturing give boost to economy

 Strong numbers in two vital sectors over the winter point to improving conditions; Dow rises 111 points.

March 27, 2013

Indie developers muscle in to gaming world

Mark Cerny Independent creators who favor games for phones and tablets gain influence at an annual conference.