WASHINGTON — The economy continued its rebound in January and February, as businesses across the country reported growth in key sectors, including apparel, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday.

In the Beige Book — the Fed’s snapshot of national economic activity based on reports from its 12 regional banks — retail sales, including winter and spring apparel, were reported as strong.

Spring apparel sales were strong in New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Richmond, Atlanta, St. Louis and Kansas City, while jewelry sales were brisk in Atlanta and St. Louis, the Fed said.

Meanwhile, sales of electronics, appliances and home furnishings were relatively strong in Cleveland, Richmond, Atlanta, St. Louis and Kansas City.

“Stores were still receiving spring merchandise, but retailers were generally maintaining conservative inventory plans,” the Fed said.

Initial spring apparel sales were “robust,” according to retailers in the New York district. Upscale chains outperformed discounters, but not by much, while sales in discretionary categories were relatively strong in New York.

Despite the unusually cold and snowy winter, most retailers said stores fared well and weather was not a factor. Wintry weather in late January also helped stores in the Philadelphia area.

“A brief spell of cold weather in late January helped stores move out winter apparel and warming temperatures later in February boosted sales of spring clothing,” the Fed reported.

Retail sales grew moderately in Richmond despite periods of snowy weather. Electronics and spring apparel “sold briskly and shoppers who redeemed gift cards typically spent more than the card amount.”

Meanwhile, jewelry, personal and home electronics, laptops, decorative items, seasonal items, toys and furniture were strong sellers in the St. Louis district, while computer hardware and software, home furnishings, lawn and garden items, home audio equipment and apparel “were moving more slowly,” according to the Beige Book.

Minneapolis-based malls and retailers reported strong sales gains across the board, with one retailer claiming same-store sales were 5 percent higher. Traffic at malls in Montana and Minneapolis was up 4 to 7 percent.

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