Both Costco Wholesale Corp. and Target Corp. reported stronger sales for the month of August. Costco, based in Issaquah, Wash., said sales rose 8% to $7.4 billion for the four weeks ending Aug. 26, with comparable-store sales up 6%, excluding gas. Comps rose 7% in the U.S. and 4% outside the country. According to the company, food and sundries comps rose in the mid-single-digit range, led by candy, deli, frozen food and liquor, reflecting some inflation; while fresh foods also posted ...

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