Discount retailers caught the eye of bargain hunters last month, as same-store sales for several members of the group headed higher in September.

Target

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saw September same-store sales rise 2.9%. Total sales for the five weeks ended Sept. 30 increased 8.1% to $3.07 billion from $2.84 billion a year ago.

Target, which operates large-store general merchandise formats, including discount stores, moderate-priced promotional and traditional department stores, said sales for the month "were essentially on plan."

TJX

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, the discount apparel retailer that operates T.J. Maxx and Marshall's stores, saw 4% growth in its same-store sales and an 11% increase in total sales in September. The company said strong growth from its New England and Florida stores fueled the gains.

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Payless Shoesource

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said its same-store sales rose 3.5% from last year's levels. Total sales for the five weeks ended Sept. 30 rose 7.1%.

Buy-in-bulk retailer

BJ's Wholesale

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reported a 5.9% increase in same-store sales for the month.