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.
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?"