Retail sales for the Midcoast set another monthly record in November, continuing the trend that has been in place for the first 11 month of 2021.

Retail sales for the region — that includes all of Knox County and the adjacent Waldo County towns of Lincolnville and Islesboro — totaled $54.3 million during November 2021, according to the Maine Bureau of Revenue Services. This is a 19 percent leap from the $45.5 million in sales in November 2020. The November 2019 sales totaled $47.5 million.

Every category of businesses reported record sales. Some of the increase in sales is due to inflation as prices for goods rise. The annual national inflation rate is about seven percent — the most since 1982.

Building supply sales totaled $13.4 million in November, an increase of 16 percent from a year ago. Home construction and renovations continue to be occurring at a strong pace.

Motor vehicle sales totaled $11.1 million, an increase of two percent.

Food stores reported taxable sales of $6.5 million, an increase of one percent from a year ago. Most foods are exempt from the state’s sales tax and thus those numbers are not included in the retail sales reports.

General merchandise sales — mostly those in department stores — totaled $9.5 million in November, a 14 percent increase.

Restaurants reported sales of $5.4 million, an increase of 10 percent from a year ago.

Lodging businesses reported sales of $1.45 million in November, a 66 percent leap from a year earlier.

And, a miscellaneous group of stores that includes gift shops, antiques shops, jewelers, sporting good stores, and pharmacies had sales totaling $7.1 million, a 57 percent jump from a year ago.

For the first 11 months of 2021, retail sales in the region totaled $704 million, up 27 percent from the $555 million for the same months in 2020.

Statewide, retail sales totaled $2.223 billion during November 2021. This is a 15 percent increase from a year earlier. The local region experienced a greater increase in sales than statewide.