Sales at local retailers set a June record but the modest increase was more than offset by the increase in inflation.

Retail sales for the region — including all of Knox County as well as the adjacent Waldo County towns of Lincolnville and Islesboro — totaled $84.2 million in June. This is a record for the month and 2.6 percent more than the previous June record set in 2021.

Inflation from June 2021 to June 2022, however, was 9.1 percent.

The June figures from the Maine Bureau of Revenue Services follow a similar pattern to earlier months when record sales were experienced but the increases did not keep pace with inflation.

The largest category of sales in the region during June were building supplies which totaled $17.2 million, an increase of more than 3 percent from a year ago.

Motor vehicle sales totaled $16.4 million, a 6 percent increase from a year ago.

General merchandise sales — those normally seen in department stores — totaled $12 million, an increase of 3 percent.

Restaurants reported sales of $11.7 million, an increase of 5 percent.

Lodging businesses reported sales of $7.4 million, a decrease of 5 percent from a year ago.

Taxable sales at food stores totaled slightly more than $9 million during June in the region. This is down 2 percent from a year ago.

The miscellaneous group of stores that include antiques shops, gift shops, jewelers, pharmacies and sporting good stores reported sales totaling $10.5 million, an increase of 4 percent.

Statewide, retail sales totaled slightly more than $3 billion, an increase of 3.8 percent.