By  on July 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — Sales at specialty chains, department stores and general merchandisers rose across the board in June, in line with a modest increase in retail sales in the overall economy, the Commerce Department’s monthly report showed Tuesday.

Apparel and accessories stores posted a seasonally adjusted 0.8 percent increase in sales to $21.2 billion last month, while department store sales gained 0.2 percent to $14.1 billion. Sales at general merchandise stores, a category that includes department stores, rose 1.1 percent to $56 billion in June.

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