WASHINGTON — Sales at specialty and department stores bounced back a bit in February from the effects of a harsh winter, in line with an uptick in retail sales in the overall economy, the Commerce Department’s monthly sales report showed Thursday.
Apparel and accessories stores posted a seasonally adjusted 0.4 percent increase in sales to $20.9 billion compared with January, while department stores notched a 0.7 percent sales gain to $14.1 billion. General merchandise stores, a category that includes discounters and department stores, saw a 0.3 percent decline in sales to $54.4 billion last month.
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?"