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.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"