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.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"