July 13 2010 08:25 AM

Department stores are attracting shoppers again, but not enough to indicate a full recovery for all retailers. In June, department stores, led by Nordstrom and Macy’s, posted strong sales compared with a year ago, according to figures released Thursday. It was the largest June increase for department stores since at least 2003, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers, which tracks sales of 31 publicly traded retailers. Still, total retail sales rose just 3.1 percent compared with last June. Read more here.