WASHINGTON — Department stores and discounters struggled with weaker consumer demand in June, but specialty stores managed to continue luring in consumers, the U.S. Commerce Department’s monthly retail sales report showed Monday.


Sales at department stores fell a seasonally adjusted 0.7 percent in June to $15.1 billion compared with May, while sales at general merchandise stores declined 0.2 percent to $52.5 billion in June. Apparel and accessories stores, on the other hand, posted a 0.2 percent increase in sales to $19.7 billion in June.

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