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 September 27, 2013

September 27, 2013

Planned IPOs to offer up pieces of Re/Max, Burlington Coat Factory

A robust stock market is drawing investors to initial public offerings, and next week's offerings include the trust that manages the Empire State Building.

September 27, 2013

Electric Boat wins $26 million Navy contract

The work was originally expected to be done at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard but was moved following the cancellation of repair work for the fire-damaged USS Miami.

September 28, 2013

Forbes ranks Maine worst state for business for fourth year

Gov. LePage, Democrats trade blame over Maine's poor showing.

September 27, 2013

Arcade-inspired casino slot machines making a play for gamers

Slot machine manufacturers are rolling out a raft of games inspired by the penny arcade, hoping to attract middle-aged gamblers with a dose of nostalgia.

September 28, 2013

TD Bank mum about mailing error

Some customers received other people’s account information, but officials won’t say if Mainers are affected.

September 27, 2013

Claims for jobless benefits sink lower

The number of people who filed for unemployment hits the lowest point in six years.

September 27, 2013


September 27, 2013

Some states short on harvest workers

 Farmers are raising wages and offering other incentives to get workers to stay for the season.

September 27, 2013

S&P 500 index buoyed by news on jobs, retailers