NATICK, Mass. -- BJ's Wholesale Club here said last week strong sales of food and consumables, combined with strong expense controls, helped offset weaker general merchandise sales in the third quarter and 39 weeks ended Nov. 3. $33.5 million for the quarter and an earnings decline of 66.1% to $26.0 million for the 39 weeks as a result of a $63 million after-tax charge for its contingent liability related to 41 House2Home leases. BJ's and House2Home were part of Waban prior to 1997 and ...

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