BJ's Cites Hurricane in Aug. Sales Growth

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — BJ's Wholesale Club here said Thursday that customers stocking up in preparation for Hurricane Irene contributed 2.5% to 3% to the company's comparable-store sales gains for August.

Total sales for the month were up 14.9%, to $901.6 million, compared to August of 2010, and comp-store gains increased 7.9%, excluding gas. Traffic at the retailer, whose stores are

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