BJ'S: FOOD DRIVES 3RD Q

NATICK, Mass. -- BJ's Wholesale Club here said last week food was its primary driver of sales and store traffic in the third quarter.During a conference call with industry analysts to discuss results for the quarter and 39 weeks ended Nov. 1, Frank Forward, BJ's chief financial officer, said comparable-club food sales were up 9% in the quarter, "driven by double-digit increases in fresh foods, including

NATICK, Mass. -- BJ's Wholesale Club here said last week food was its primary driver of sales and store traffic in the third quarter.

During a conference call with industry analysts to discuss results for the quarter and 39 weeks ended Nov. 1, Frank Forward, BJ's chief financial officer, said comparable-club food sales were up 9% in the quarter, "driven by double-digit increases in fresh foods, including meat, prepared food and produce."

Forward also noted that the company had

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