By  on June 13, 2012

WASHINGTON — Sales at specialty and department stores rose inMay, while sales at discount stores fell, as demand in the overalleconomy weakened, the U.S. Commerce Department’s monthly report showedWednesday.

Clothing and accessories store sales increased a seasonallyadjusted 0.9 percent to $19.7 billion in May compared with April, whilesales at department stores rose 0.2 percent to $15.2 billion. Generalmerchandise store sales, a category that includes discounters anddepartment stores, posted a 0.5 percent decline to $52.6 billion in May.

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