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TJX shines among discounters in October

NEW YORK — The TJX Cos. turned in the strongest performance among the discounters in October, reporting a 7% comp sales increase on Thursday.

According to TJX CEO Carol Meyrowitz, the above-plan performance has prompted the retailer to raise its outlook for the third quarter and full year. “We believe the momentum we are seeing in all of our businesses … bode well for the holiday selling season,” she said.

TJX sales for the period advanced 11% to $2.1 billion.

Costco posted a 5% rise in same-store sales, less fuel, which missed Wall Street’s expected 5.6% gain. The wholesale club operator said that the strongest regions for the month were San Diego, the Northeast and the Midwest.

Target Corp. reported a 2.4% same-store sales rise in October, which was near the low end of the company’s expected range, said Gregg Steinhafel, CEO. Its third-quarter same-store sales gain of 2.9% matched Target’s internal forecasts, he said.

In other discounter same-store sales results:

  •     Ross rose 4%;

  •     Fred’s dipped 0.8%;

  •     SteinMart rose 1.7%; and

  •     Alco rose 1.9%.