By  on October 29, 2013

WASHINGTON — Consumers pulled back on spending at department and specialty stores in September, while discounters picked up more business, the monthly retail sales report released by the Commerce Department showed on Tuesday.

Department stores had the weakest month, posting a seasonally adjusted 0.9 percent decline to $14.3 billion, while apparel and accessories store sales fell 0.5 percent to $20.9 billion last month. General merchandise stores, a category that includes discounters and department stores, posted a 0.4 percent gain in sales to $55.2 billion.

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