Retail sales in the region set an April record but the increase was dwarfed by the inflation rate.

Overall retail sales for the region that includes all of Knox County, as well as the adjacent Waldo County towns of Lincolnville and Islesboro, totaled $55.4 million in April 2022, an increase of 1.5% from April 2021.

The figures are from the most recent monthly report from the Maine Bureau of Revenue Services.

The inflation rate, however, for that same period was 8.3%.

Building supply sales totaled $13.3 million in April, a decline of 2 % from a year ago. This was the first year to year decline for building supply sales since the pandemic started in March 2020.

Motor vehicle sales jumped 6.5% from a year ago, reaching $14.4 million.

Restaurants had sales of $5.8 million, a jump of 13.5%.

Lodging businesses reported sales of $1.4 million, a jump of 13%.

Sales of taxable items at food stores were unchanged from a year ago at $6.4 million. Most food is exempt from the state’s sales tax and not included in the revenue figures.

General merchandise sales, mostly those found at department stores, declined nearly 2%, falling to $8.6 million.

A miscellaneous category of businesses — antiques shops, gift shops, jewelers, sporting good stores, and pharmacies — had sales of $5.4 million. This was a decline of 9% from a year ago.

Statewide, overall retail sales in April totaled $2.3 billion, a 1% increase.