ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Several retailers last week reported December comparable-store sales that were lower than analysts expected, citing severe weather and in some cases an early shopping season that faded late. Costco Wholesale Corp. here said comparable-store sales in the U.S. were up 3% for the five-week period that ended Jan. 2, excluding gasoline inflation. Total comps for the company, including international sales — which were also impacted by severe weather in Canada and the U.K. — were ...

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