NATICK, Mass. — BJ’s Wholesale Club here on Wednesday said strong fourth-quarter unit sales in perishables helped compensate for deflation in the category as the company posted gains in both net income and sales for the period. Comparable-store sales of all food items were up about 3.7% in the quarter, which ended Jan. 30, while general merchandise comps were flat. Net income was up 4.6%, to $55.1 million, on a 9.4% revenue gain, to $2.56 billion. The company said it expects perishables ...
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