Sales at US clothing stores were among the few bright spots in July, according to official figures released today (13 August).

Data from the Commerce Department showed sales at clothing stores edged up by 0.6% - bucking an overall decline of 0.1% during the month.

Stripping out the effect of autos and auto parts purchases, sales declined 0.6% in July.
The figures suggest fears about job security continue to weigh on consumer spending, even though total sales rose in both May and June.

Sales at sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores slipped 1.9%, were down 0.8% at general merchandise stores, and fell by 1.6% at department stores.