By  on July 8, 2013

WASHINGTON — Retailers, buoyed by strengthening consumer confidence and spending, added 37,100 jobs to payrolls in June, as employment gains in the overall economy beat economists' expectations,the Labor Department's monthly employment report showed on Friday.

Apparel and accessories stores added 8,100 jobs to employ 1.4 million in June. Generalmerchandise stores, including discounters and department stores trimmed 100 jobs to employ 3.1 million. Within the general merchandise group, department stores added 100 jobs to employ 1.5 million in June.

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