While U.S. retail sales increased less than expected in June, apparel retailers are doing well and should see more strength in the back half of the year, two retail experts told CNBC's "Street Signs" Tuesday.
"Apparel is good and there are a lot of new trends out there that we think the customer will respond to for fall," said retail analyst Mary Epner, a former executive of Saks Fifth Avenue and Aeropostale.
"We think it's going to be one of the best retail back-to-school fall periods that we've seen in a long time."
Retail sales rose 0.2 percent last month after an upwardly revised 0.5 percent in May, according to the Commerce Department. Economists polled by Reuters expected a 0.6 percent rise after a previously reported 0.3 percent gain in May.
However, core sales, which do not include automobiles, gasoline, food services and building materials, increased 0.6 percent in June. Core sales correspond closely with the consumer spending component of gross domestic product.