WASHINGTON — Sales at department stores and discounters rose in January while declining at apparel and accessories stores, according to the U.S. Commerce Department’s monthly retail sales report, released Wednesday.
Department stores posted a 1 percent seasonally adjusted sales increase to $15.1 billion compared with December, while sales at general merchandise stores, a category that includes department stores and discounters, rose 1.1 percent to $52.6 billion. Specialty stores, which had been posting solid sales gains, fell slightly in January by 0.3 percent to $20.2 billion.
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