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    BJ's Members Picking Up Snacks

    Total same-store sales up nearly 4 percent for the quarter.

    If BJ's Wholesale Club sales are any indications, consumers are looking to the warehouse channel to stack up on snacks.

    Customers of Natick-based BJ's Wholesale Club bought snacks, TVs, toys, office supplies and small appliances to the tune of an 8.6 percent sales increase for the month of September, according to a report in the Worcester Business Journal.

    September sales totaled $798.9 million. Same-store sales increased by 3.9 percent despite a negative impact of 0.4 percent as a result of the absence of pharmacy sales at BJ's clubs. In September of 2006, BJ's reported a same-store sales decrease of 0.9 percent as a result of decreased gasoline sales.

    Departments that were weaker compared to last year included apparel, cigarettes, furniture, pre-recorded video, seafood and tires, the company said.

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