NATICK, Mass. — BJ's Wholesale Club here posted second-quarter earnings growth of 37% and a sales gain of 8% behind a “spectacular” performance in perishable food sales, Herbert Zarkin, BJ's chief executive officer, said in a conference call last week. Zarkin said new programs built around perishables addressing shrink, labor, pricing and presentation helped drive an 8% increase in comparable sales of perishables during the quarter, which ended Aug. 4. Perishable food sales, Zarkin said, ...

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