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Sales Data Suggests Apparel’s on the Upswing

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Apparel sales rose 60.6 percent compared to last year, while department store sales jumped 114.3 percent, according to the Mastercard SpendingPulse report for March 2021. The comps don’t tell the full story, of course, given that retail lockdowns began in March last year when the coronavirus began circulating in the U.S. However, comparisons to the…

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