U.S. sales of fresh potatoes fell in 2010, but exports rose sharply.

About 2.3% fewer fresh potatoes were sold last year than in 2009, according to Potato Sales & Utilization Estimates, an annual report from the Denver-based U.S. Potato Board.

About 10.3 billion pounds of fresh market spuds were sold in the U.S. in 2010, down from 10.5 billion pounds the year before. Sales had fallen every year since 2005 before going up in 2009.

Retail sales in 2010 totaled 6 billion bounds, down 3.1% from 2009. Sales were down in all retail channels except club stores, which saw a .7% increase.

Foodservice sales totaled 4.26 billion pounds, down 1% from 4.31 billion pounds in 2009.

U.S. potato exports rose 19% in 2010, from 682 million pounds to 808 million pounds, according to the report.

Spud imports fell 4%, from 795 million pounds to 763 million pounds.