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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 May 16, 2013

May 16, 2013

Colin Woodard's virtual schools report up for 2nd major prize

The state and national affairs reporter for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram chronicled the influence exerted by for-profit online education companies on the Maine Department of Education.

May 16, 2013

Only 2 of 13 small SUVs do well in crash tests

Subaru's 2014 Forester is the only vehicle to get a "good" rating.

May 16, 2013

Preteens on Instagram raise privacy concerns

The minimum age for the photo-sharing site is 13, but critics say it's too easy to join, posing a safety risk.

May 16, 2013

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May 16, 2013

Facing the rise of the robo-car

driverless cars As the era of driverless cars nears, lawmakers wonder about licensing, safety and accountability.

May 16, 2013

Europe endures longest slump

With 'core' countries now facing recession, analysts question the austerity approach.

May 16, 2013

Federal officials seize virtual currency funds

The accounts of Mt.Gox, the world's leading Bitcoin exchange, are frozen.

May 16, 2013

Stock market rises to new all-time high

Analysts say investors are taking in stride tepid economic growth and disappointing reports.

May 16, 2013

Bank seeks Bloomberg reporter data

JPMorgan Chase wants to know more on improper use of trading-data terminals.

May 16, 2013

L.L. Bean skips Bangladesh pact

The company says it has a limited presence there and garment factory safety inspections are already done.

May 16, 2013

Lobster promotion fees debated at State House

Augusta may allocate another $1 million for the ad effort.

May 15, 2013

Maine lobster a major treat on D.C. streets Several photos included in this story

 Sales are on a roll for a roving business that gets many of its seafood products from Maine and offers them curbside.