By  on December 14, 2007

WASHINGTON — Apparel and accessories store sales increased a seasonally adjusted 2.6 percent in November, outpacing department stores, which posted a 1 percent gain.

Total retail and food service sales grew twice as fast as economists had forecast, advancing 1.2 percent in November compared with October, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Total retail sales of all goods and services showed broad-based strength, led by a 6.8 percent jump at gas stations because of higher prices.

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