Black Friday Expected to Boost Maine Economy 

For many folks, holiday shopping begins in earnest this Friday.Black Friday deals start bright and early this year, with many stores opening at 4 a.m., some even open at Midnight.Electronics, clothing and jewelry are expected to move well this year.Economic trends also show that specialty shops should do well this holiday season.UMaine Economics Professor Jim McConnon believes Mainers will spend more this year than last.”Maine retailers are likely to see a slightly better year than last year,” says McConnon. “Personal income, wage or salary increase are both up about 2.6% this year as compared to last year. And year to date retail sales, which is a measure of spending in Maine, is up close to 3%.”McConnon says there are a number of websites that are giving sneak peaks of this year’s black friday deals, including a number of the big box stores.He recommends