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 9, 2013

October 9, 2013

Think tank: Maine 29th in terms of business climate

The top five states this year are Wyoming, South Dakota, Nevada, Alask and Florida, according to the conservative group Tax Foundation.

October 9, 2013

Janet Yellen more experienced than Fed predecessors

But Yellen’s emphasis on work and unemployment has become the focus of Republican critics.

October 9, 2013

Starbucks promo prods lawmakers to ‘come together’

The 2-for-1 offer is a way to help fellow citizens ‘support and connect with one another.’

October 9, 2013

Obama to nominate first woman to head Fed

Janet Yellen would succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the nation’s central bank.

October 9, 2013

Feds scrap porpoise-related fishing grounds closures

Harbor porpoise aren’t endangered, and gillnet fishermen said being shut out of entire areas to protect the animals was unnecessarily restrictive.

October 10, 2013

U.S. won’t automatically default Oct. 17

But the consequences of hitting the debt limit will depend on what path the administration takes.