NATICK, Mass. — BJ’s Wholesale Club here posted a quarterly sales gain of 8% and earnings growth of 37% behind a “spectacular” performance in perishable food sales, Herbert Zarkin, BJ’s chief executive officer, said in a conference call Tuesday. Zarkin said new programs built around perishables addressing shrink, labor, pricing and presentation — including new refrigeration cases at around 55 stores this year — helped drive an 8% comparable-store gain in the perishable department during the ...

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