ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Costco Wholesale Corp. here on Thursday said U.S. same-store sales increased by 6% in June, pacing a relatively strong month of retail sales for U.S. retailers.

For the five weeks ending July 7, Costco said total sales increased by 8% to $9.9 billion from the same period last year. U.S. sales were strongest in Texas, the Midwest and Southeast, and included mid-single-digit increases in food and sundries and mid-to-high single digit comparable increases in fresh food sales.


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The International Council of Shopping Centers, New York, said Thursday that its index of U.S. chain stores combined to post 3.9% same-store gains in June — the strongest gain since January’s 4.5% increase. Excluding drug stores, sales increased by 5.3%, ICSC said.

Drug chain Walgreens reported monthly comps of 2.3% and Rite-Aid said comps improved by 0.7% in June. Both chains cited negative effects of generic drug introductions.

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