COLUMBUS, Ohio — May same-store sales reported by major retailers Thursday held steady with a 5.7% gain, but showed the effects of plans by shoppers to curb spending, according to Kantar Retail here. The sales-weighted composite for the 26 retailers reporting was up slightly from the 5.4% gain for the combined March-April period, which eliminates the impact of the Easter calendar shift, Kantar said. Food, drug and mass retailers — particularly Costco and BJ’s, who benefitted from higher ...

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