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    BJ's Food Sales Rise By Double digits in September

    The increase was spurred by solid sales of perishables, including bakery, full-service deli, and produce.

    BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. yesterday reported that September 2008 sales increased by 11.8 percent to $892.8 million, from $798.9 million in the year-ago period. Comparable-club sales for September 2008 grew by 10.4 percent, including a contribution from sales of gasoline worth 4.8 percent.

    According to the company, food sales went up by about 10 percent, driven by strong sales of perishable foods. General merchandise, meanwhile declined by about 3 percent, due in part to lower sales of televisions, jewelry, and toys vs. last year.

    Among the departments with the strongest sales increases compared with last year were bakery, baking needs, candy, coffee, computers, dairy, full-service deli, health and beauty, household chemicals, meat, oils and shortenings, pet food, paper, pasta, prepared dinners, produce, and snacks. Weaker-performing departments vs. last year included cigarettes, electronics, jewelry, juices, pre-recorded video, storage, televisions, and toys.

    BJ's operates 178 clubs in 16 states.

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