BIG BOXES POST DECEMBER SALES GAINS

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- The nation's leading big-box retailers and wholesale clubs reported comparable-store sales in the mid-to-high single digits for December, indicating a moderate improvement over year-ago results for the busy holiday season.up in the 3% to 5% range. It also projected that earnings for the first quarter, which ends Jan. 31, would be at the low end of its previous guidance of 63 cents

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- The nation's leading big-box retailers and wholesale clubs reported comparable-store sales in the mid-to-high single digits for December, indicating a moderate improvement over year-ago results for the busy holiday season.

up in the 3% to 5% range. It also projected that earnings for the first quarter, which ends Jan. 31, would be at the low end of its previous guidance of 63 cents to 65 cents per share.

Costco Wholesale Corp., Issaquah, Wash., said comps

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