NEW YORK — Club retailers BJ's Wholesale Club and Costco Wholesale Corp. on Thursday said gains in fresh food sales buoyed by price inflation bolstered positive comparable sales during July. Natick, Mass.-based BJ's said July comparable-store sales increased by 5.4% excluding gasoline, sparked by a 7% comparable increase in food sales and a general merchandise increase of 3% boosted in part by air conditioner sales. Issaquah, Wash.-based Costco said its U.S. comps, ...
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