By  on December 12, 2013

WASHINGTON — Consumers shopping for the holidays gave a boost to department stores in November, but they appeared to pull back on their purchases from apparel and accessories stores, the Commerce Department’s monthly sales report showed Thursday.

Department stores posted a seasonally adjusted 0.3 percent increase in sales to $14.5 billion last month, while general merchandise stores, a category that includes discounters and department stores, saw a 0.1 percent increase in sales to $55.3 billion.

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