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• BJ’s Wholesale Club said that its July sales decreased by 6.3 percent to $722.5 million from $771.3 million in July 2008. Same-store sales were off by 9.1 percent.

• Target Corp. said yesterday that July sales fell three percent to $4.42 billion, on same-store sales that were down 6.5 percent.

• Dollar Tree Inc., reports that its Q2 sales rose 11.9 percent to $1.22 billion from $1.09 billion, on same-store sales that were up 6.8 percent.

• Caribou Coffee said that its second quarter total net sales decreased $0.2 million, or 0.4%, to $63.0 million, from $63.2 million during the same period a year ago. Coffeehouse sales were $55.3 million in the second quarter 2009, down from $57.3 million a year ago, on same-store sales that were down 3.3 percent.
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