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FRAMINGHAM, MA-The TJX Companies, Inc. is continuing its trend of solid sales numbers during the recession logging a 6% rise year-over-year for the month of August. The discount retailer produced $1.6 billion in sales for the four-week period ending August 29, 2009. Meanwhile, fellow Bay State company, BJ’s Wholesale Club was tagged for a 1.9% decline YOY for the same four-week period. The Natick, MA-based wholesale club store’s August sales came in at $757.6 million, down from August ’08′s $772.6 million figure.

“Our strong sales momentum continued in August with consolidated comparable store sales up 5% for the month, which was better than we had planned,” says Carold Myrowitz, president and CEO of TJX, in a statement. She notes high customer traffic counts and paints a positive outlook for the coming school season, as well as the later half of the year, with September off to a solid start.

BJ’s losses stem generally from a negative impatct of lower gasoline prices and volumes versus last year. According to a release, the “gasoline and merchandise comparable club sales increased in weeks one, two and three, and descreased in week four.” BJ’s points to the week four decrease as a result of the pre-Labor day purchases moving from end of August to early September, with Labor Day coming on September 7, this year. Also, on a positive note, the traffic increased 4% YOY, unfortunately the average transaction amount fell 2%.

As previously reported by GlobeSt.com, BJ’s Q2 net income had fallen 5.2% YOY, so the August decline is not surprising in light of that current trend. BJ’s is aiming to put together smaller box shops, averaging a footprint of 85,000 square feet in a hope to get into more metro markets. In August, in fact, the metro New York area showed sales increases, while all other areas showed decreases.

TJX’s stores, meanwhile, follow along the rails of their Q2 numbers as well, showing a strong business model for recessionary spending at discount retailers, posting a net income jumped year-over-year 4% at the end of Q2.

And according to ICSC, August had a good showing, posting only a 2% decline in comparable-store sales, in their International Council of Shopping Centers Chain Store Sales Index, the best month since September 2008. Department-store sales declined 7.3%, its smallest drop since December 2008. Luxury stores continued to struggle, with a 12.3% decrease. TJX’s and BJ’s numbers appear to be defying the rest of their markets as wholesale club sales rose 1% (up 2% excluding fuel) while discounters declined 1%.

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