Retail Sales Up in January

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Strong sales at Costco and Target helped overcome slow sales at apparel retailers during the month of January, Kantar Retail here said. An index of 21 retailers reporting sales for the four weeks ending Jan. 28 showed a 4.9% gain in comparable-store sales, Kantar said.

Costco (up by 8% in the U.S., excluding gas) an

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