By  on March 13, 2013

WASHINGTON — Sales at apparel specialty stores and discounters rose in February but declined at department stores, the U.S. Commerce Department’s monthly retail sales report revealed Wednesday.

Apparel and accessories stores posted a 0.2 percent seasonally adjusted gain to $20.5 billion in February compared with January, while sales at general merchandise stores, a category that includes discounters and department stores, increased 0.5 percent to $52.1 billion last month. Sales at department stores fell 1 percent to $14.8 billion in February.

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