By  on December 13, 2012

WASHINGTON — Sales at apparel specialty stores rose in November, while department stores and discounters continued to struggle, according to the U.S. Commerce Department’s monthly retail sales report released on Thursday.

Economists and retail analysts said retail sales bounced back in November after weakening in October due primarily to store closures associated with Hurricane Sandy at the end of that month. While that held true for apparel specialty stores, the broad general merchandise category, including department stores and discounters, did not see the same kind of boost.

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