NATICK, Mass. — Strong sales of perishable foods and improved price effectiveness helped BJ's Wholesale Club post a 24% increase in profits during its fiscal third quarter, which ended Nov. 3. Sales of $2.17 billion increased by 8% compared with the same period a year ago, with comparable-store sales increasing by 3.4%, including negative impacts of reduced sales in pharmacy and gasoline, the retailer said. Pharmacy sales were reduced from the closure of prescription departments at some ...

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