Target, Costco: CE Drags On Jan. Sales

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NEW YORK –

Target and Costco gave little credit to CE for their solid sales gains in January.

Rather,

Target

said its CE, music, movies and books business led a midsingle- digit decline in its hardlines category last month. Nonetheless, the discounter reported a 5.1 percent increase in net sales for the four weeks, ended Jan. 29, to $4.6 billion, and a 4.3 percent hike in comp-store sales.

Similarly,

Costco

finance director David Sherwood said the warehouse club’s CE business “continued to be negative” in January, posting a mid-single-digit decline, while Costco’s net sales rose 11 percent for the month, to $7 billion, and compstore sales increased 8 percent excluding the positive impact of gasoline sales.

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