Food Sales, Gas Profits Boost BJ’s

Strong food and gasoline sales are more than making up for sluggish general merchandise at BJ’s Wholesale Club, which on Wednesday reported a 24% increase in quarterly profits, sparked in part by falling gasoline prices.

NATICK, Mass. — Strong food and gasoline sales are more than making up for sluggish general merchandise at BJ’s Wholesale Club, which on Wednesday reported a 24% increase in quarterly profits, sparked in part by falling gasoline prices.

BJ’s reported net income of $28.2 million, or 48 cents per share, on sales $2.4 billion for the third quarter, which ended Nov. 1. Profits were 2 cents ahead of analysts’ estimates, due in part to what officials called “unusually strong” sales a

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