WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — BJ's Wholesale Club here said Thursday that customers stocking up in preparation for Hurricane Irene contributed 2.5% to 3% to the company's comparable-store sales gains for August. Total sales for the month were up 14.9%, to $901.6 million, compared to August of 2010, and comp-store gains increased 7.9%, excluding gas. Traffic at the retailer, whose stores are concentrated along the East Coast where the hurricane struck, was up about 5%, and ...

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