NEW YORK — Apparel’s deflationary price spiral unwound sales of women’s casual sportswear last year.

A 4 percent decline in the average price of women’s casual sportswear, to $19.46 last December, from $20.35 in December 2001, contributed to a 2 percent slump in the sector’s sales for the full year — which tallied $38.8 billion, versus $39.6 billion in 2001 — according to the AccuPanel Quarterly Apparel Monitor for the fourth quarter and full year, released Thursday by Cambridge, Mass.-based STS Market Research.

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