Midcoast retail sales slipped 1 percent in November 2022 compared to a year earlier.

This was the second consecutive month in which sales were down locally compared to the same month a year earlier.

The Maine Bureau of Revenue Services reported that retail sales for the region — that includes all of Knox County as well as the adjacent Waldo County towns of Lincolnville and Islesboro — totaled $53.9 million. This is down 1 percent ($770,000) from November 2021.

In addition, inflation nationally during that 12-month period was 7.1 percent.

The $53.9 million in sales for November were the second most on record for the month. November 2021 set the record at $54.6 million. In November 2020, retail sales totaled $45.5 million.

Building supply sales accounted for the largest category of local retail sales in November, totaling $13.9 million, an increase of 3 percent.

Motor vehicle sales totaled nearly $11 million, down 1 percent.

General merchandise sales, largely those made in department stores, rose 1 percent, reaching $9.5 million.

Taxable sales at food stores totaled nearly $6.8 million during November, nearly the same as a year earlier. Most food is exempt from the state’s sales tax and not included in the state figures.

Restaurants reported an increase in sales of 7 percent, reaching $5.9 million in November.

Lodging businesses reported sales of nearly $1.6 million, an increase of 7 percent.

And a miscellaneous group of stores — that includes antiques shops, gift shops, jewelers, sporting good stores, and pharmacies — reported sales during November 2022 of $5.3 million. This was a drop of 26 percent from November 2021.

Statewide, retail sales rose 5 percent in November from a year earlier, reaching $2.35 billion.