Supercenters Gain Amid Consumer Slowdown

Supercenters Gain Amid Consumer Slowdown

“The results of these two companies confirm that consumer spending has clearly decelerated from earlier in the year.” — Craig Johnson, president, Customer Growth Partners

MINNEAPOLIS — Mass discounters Target Corp. and Wal-Mart Stores continued to drive traffic and ticket gains amid a weakening retail sales climate, financial results released by the respective companies last week showed.

While comparable-store sales gains were relatively modest — Target, based here, saw a 3.1% comp increase, while Bentonville,

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