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Overall sales slipped in June but retailers focused on home-oriented merchandise had relatively strong sales, according to the United States Census Bureau.

In its advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for June 2017, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, the Census Bureau reported that sales were down 0.2% from May but up 2.8% from the same month in 2016. Broken out, retail trade sales slipped 0.1% from May but gained 3% from June a year previous. Non-store retailers, with e-tailers prominent among them, saw sales gain 0.4% from May and 9.2% from June 2016.

Furniture and home furnishings store sales advanced 0.1% from May…