WASHINGTON — Discounters and specialty retailers, anticipating a boost in consumer spending driven by one-time tax rebate checks, added jobs to payrolls in June, while department stores and apparel and textile manufacturers continued to cut back, the Labor Department reported today.
General merchandise stores, a category that includes discounters like Wal-Mart, bucked the national trend of weakening employment, posting a gain of 8,900 jobs in June to employ 2.936 million, while apparel and accessories stores added 900 jobs to payrolls last month, bringing the total number of positions to 1.49 million.
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