Economy Sparks Sales, but BJ's Outlook Cautious

Consumers looking for value in food and consumables drove sales and traffic at BJ's Wholesale Club, though big-ticket items moved slowly, the retailer here said in a review of quarterly results last week. A 5% increase in store traffic for the fiscal second quarter, which ended Aug. 2, was the strongest result since 2004, company officials said, and reflected an influx of shoppers looking

NATICK, Mass. — Consumers looking for value in food and consumables drove sales and traffic at BJ's Wholesale Club, though big-ticket items moved slowly, the retailer here said in a review of quarterly results last week.

A 5% increase in store traffic for the fiscal second quarter, which ended Aug. 2, was the strongest result since 2004, company officials said, and reflected an influx of shoppers looking for value on everyday items and food. Comparable-store sales during the pe

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