COLUMBUS, Ohio — Despite indications of a consumer slowdown, retailers reporting monthly sales on Thursday showed both sequential and year-over-year gains. An index of 25 retailers reporting sales for the five weeks ending Oct. 2 showed comparable sales were up 5.7%, according to Kantar Retail here, an improvement over a 2.8% gain in the same period last year and over a 5.1% increase in the August period. Food retailers reporting sales included Issaquah, Wash.-based Costco Wholesale, which ...
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