By  on June 13, 2013

WASHINGTON — Consumers continued to spend cautiously in May, as specialty stores and department stores posted slight sales declines, but discounters saw a small uptick, the Commerce Department’s monthly report released Thursday showed.

Sales at apparel and accessories stores fell a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent in May to $20.7 billion. Sales at department stores declined 0.2 percent to $14.7 billion. The only sign of strength was in the general merchandise category, which includes discounters and department stores, which rose 0.5 percent in May to $55 billion.

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