By  on July 15, 2013

WASHINGTON — Consumers appeared to be in the mood for buying apparel and accessories in June, boosting sales in the specialty store category last month, but they pulled back from purchases at department stores, according to the monthly retail sales report released by the Commerce Department on Monday.

Sales at apparel and accessories stores rose a seasonally adjusted 0.7 percent last month to $21 billion, while sales at department stores fell 1 percent to $14.5 billion. General merchandise stores, a category that includes discounters and department stores, saw sales edge up 0.1 percent to $55 billion in June.

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