Retail sales for Midcoast merchants in August declined slightly from July’s record high but did set a record for August.

August is typically the month with the most sales.

Overall retail sales for the region that includes all of Knox County and the adjacent Waldo County towns of Lincolnville and Islesboro totaled $89.8 million in August, according to the Maine Bureau of Revenue Services. This is an increase of 3.8 percent from the previous August record of $86.5 million set in 2021.

But the August 2022 sales were down 1 percent from July 2022 which saw $90.4 million, the most for any month on record.

In addition, the August increase in revenues for local merchants from a year ago was more than offset by inflation which was 8.3 percent from August 2021 to August 2022.

The largest category of sales during August for the Midcoast was restaurants, which reported $16.3 million in sales. This was up 9 percent from a year earlier.

Building supply sales totaled $14.9 million, up 12 percent from a year earlier.

Lodging establishments reported sales of $13.3 million, a decline of 5 percent from a year earlier.

Motor vehicle sales totaled $13.2 million, a drop of 4 percent from 2021.

Food stores reported taxable sales of $10 million, an increase of 3 percent from 2021. Most food is exempt from the state’s sales tax and thus not included in the state revenue report.

A miscellaneous group of stores — antiques shops, gift shops, jewelers, sporting good shops, and pharmacies — had sales of $10.2 million, an increase of 1 percent from a year earlier.

Statewide, retail sales totaled nearly $3.1 billion in August, an 8.7 percent increase from August 2021.