By and  on October 15, 2010

Two government reports released Friday point to a weakening in demand for apparel, as retail sales fell and prices declined.

Clothing and accessory store sales dropped 0.2 percent in September compared with August to $18.1 billion and department store sales declined 0.1 percent to $15.5 billion, the U.S. Commerce Department said. General merchandise stores, a category that includes discounters and department stores, saw flat sales in September of $50.9 billion.

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