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% vs. the same period a year ago, with comparable-store sales increasing by 3.4%, which included a negative impact from reduced sales in pharmacy and gasoline, the retailer said. Perishables showed an 8.3% comp gain during the quarter. In a conference call ...

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