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 October 23, 2013

October 23, 2013

Small business loans rise in Maine

The value of loans increased 24 percent in the past year.

October 24, 2013

Obama calls Mr. Fix-It to help health care site

Jeffrey Zients, who has a knack for taming bureaucratic backlogs, has come out of a temporary retirement and quietly dived into his new assignment.

October 23, 2013

Regional SBA chief holds event in Waterville

Seth Goodall, a former state lawmaker, is using today’s event to tout the SBA’s new no-guarantee-fee initiative for loans under $150,000.

October 23, 2013

White rules the road as top new-car color choice

But blue and red are making inroads for sporty models, while the future holds enhanced, brand-specific shades.

October 23, 2013

San Francisco transit union workers agree to contract

After two strikes and two deaths, the trains are running again.

October 23, 2013

New venture offers journey to edge of space

A helium balloon will lift a capsule nearly 100,000 feet to give passengers a spectacular view of Earth.

October 23, 2013

Facebook wrestles with challenge of gruesome content

The social media giant is sharply criticized for withdrawing its ban on videos of beheadings.