Retail sales jumped in central Maine’s service centers in June, with Waterville reporting a stunning 10.1 percent rise over June 2010 sales and Augusta weighing in with a solid 2.6 percent gain.

Waterville retailers recorded gains in every category, led by two sectors economists consider crucial to a recovery: Retailers of building supplies sold $12.3 million in goods in June — up 20.5 percent from June 2010 — while the $12.3 million in receipts rung up by car dealers represents a 15.4 percent year-over-year gain.


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