BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc. saw February 2009 sales increase by 2.4% to $670.0 million from $654.2 million in February 2008. On a comparable club basis, sales increased by 0.6% for the month of February 2009, including a negative impact from sales of gasoline of 7.6%. For February 2008, the company reported a comparable club sales increase of 5.9%, including a positive impact from gasoline sales of 2.7%. 

By week, sales were strongest in week three and softest in week one. The Metro New York region had the highest comparable club increase and Upstate New York had the largest decrease. Excluding the negative impact of gasoline, comparable club sales increased in all regions, with the highest increases in Upstate New York, New England and Metro New York.

Departments with the strongest sales increases compared to last year included breakfast foods, candy, computer hardware and software, dairy, deli, frozen foods, health and beauty aids, household chemicals, meat, paper, pet foods, prepared foods, produce, small appliances, snacks, televisions and video games. Weaker departments versus last year included apparel, domestics, jewelry, prerecorded video and sporting goods.

Four Weeks Ended

February 28, 2009

  Four Weeks Ended

March 1, 2008

Merchandise comparable club sales   8.2%   3.2%
Impact of gasoline sales   (7.6%)   2.7%
Comparable club sales   0.6%   5.9%