WASHINGTON — The pace of overall economic activity inched up a notch in June and July, while apparel sales were sluggish in some areas of the country and robust in others, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday.

Apparel sales “improved noticeably” in New York while sales in Atlanta, Kansas City and Minneapolis posted slight to modest gains, according to the Fed’s Beige Book report, a snapshot of the economy based on surveys of businesses in the bank’s 12 districts.

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