November bookstore sales fell 4.2% compared to November 2012, dropping to $818 million, according to preliminary results released Tuesday morning by the U.S. Census Bureau. For the first 11 months of 2013, bookstore sales were down 1.7% compared to the same period of 2012, dropping to $11.70 billion. In the June through November period, bookstore sales had small declines in every month except September when sales rose 6%.

Sales for the entire retail segment were up 3.8% in November and rose 4.0% for the first 11 months of 2013.