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TJX’s sales surge 6 percent over the holidays

TJX says it’s the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions.

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TJX says it’s the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions.

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A last-minute surge in spending helped some big retailers’ December sales reports. For 20 of them, sales rose an average of 4.5 percent over December 2011, and Framingham-based TJX Cos. was one of the standouts. Sales at its stores open for more than a year rose 6 percent, topping the 2.3 percent consensus in a Thomson Reuters poll. TJX boosted fourth-quarter earnings expectations to a range of 77 to 78 cents a share; for the full year, it now expects $2.50 to $2.51 a share.

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