Bookstore sales inched up 0.5% in November over a year ago, to $668 million, compared to $665 million in November 2021. The small gain is an improvement over the 2.9% sales decline in October.

Sales continue to track ahead of last year with sales in the first 11 months of 2022, up 6.8% over the comparable year in 2021, according to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.

For the entire retail sector, November sales were up 6.1% over a year ago and rose 9.6% over the comparable period in 2021.