COLUMBUS, Ohio — Monthly sales figures from retailers released Thursday illustrate that spending is leveling off from modest growth shown earlier this year. A composite of 31 retailers reporting sales for the four weeks ending July 31 showed same-store sales gains of 2.9%, slightly lower than June’s 3.2% growth, according to Kantar Retail here. Among retailers selling food, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Natick, Mass., said same-store sales without fuel improved by 1.9% and Costco, Issaquah, Wash., ...

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