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 3, 2013

September 4, 2013

UMaine keeps wind project details secret

The university's proposal for an offshore installation is not available to the public, which surprises critics.

September 4, 2013

Civic Center board to meet about Portland Pirates lease

The emergency meeting comes after the Pirates nixed a 5-year deal.

September 3, 2013

Got lobster? Maine industry to boost marketing

A state law taking effect in October will raise the annual marketing budget for lobsters to more than $2.2 million, a six-fold increase.

September 3, 2013

Maine bond sale to pay off old debt to hospitals

A federal payment of $305 million will be added, then the state liquor contract revenue will cover the bond.

September 3, 2013

CBS, Time Warner deal ends NY, LA, Dallas blackout

The disagreement came at a touchy time for networks and cable companies as more and more Americans are turning to alternative ways to watch TV.

September 3, 2013

Microsoft buying Nokia's smartphone business for $7.2B

Nokia and Microsoft have been trying to make inroads in the smartphone market as part of a partnership forged in 2011.

September 3, 2013

Schilling's ex-company faces more questioning

September 3, 2013

Sinclair's vision: Become CNN rival

 The owner of WGME-TV in Portland has bought 79 local stations as it pursues a national audience.

September 3, 2013

Markets rise on rebound in China

Signs of improvement in China's manufacturing industry are encouraging for overseas suppliers.

September 3, 2013



September 3, 2013

On the Move Several photos included in this story

September 3, 2013


September 3, 2013

For retailers, stylists add personal touch

PERSONAL STYLISTS The service is part of a strategy to boost store profits as more customers look for bargains online.

September 3, 2013

Maine Angels succeed when startups get their wings

 The group is adding investors and expecting a return soon on the millions in aid to businesses.