Costco Wholesale Corp  (COST)
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    Sector  Retail    Industry Wholesale
   Industry Wholesale
   Sector  Retail
Price: $416.4300 $-6.50 -1.537%
Day's High: $428.85 Week Perf: -15.79 %
Day's Low: $ 406.51 30 Day Perf: -29.63 %
Volume (M): 5,115 52 Wk High: $ 612.27
Volume (M$): $ 2,130,039 52 Wk Avg: $487.30
Open: $428.80 52 Wk Low: $375.50

 Market Capitalization (Millions $) 185,276
 Shares Outstanding (Millions) 445
 Employees 273,000
 Revenues (TTM) (Millions $) 210,219
 Net Income (TTM) (Millions $) 5,592
 Cash Flow (TTM) (Millions $) 3,182
 Capital Exp. (TTM) (Millions $) 3,900

Costco Wholesale Corp
Costco operates membership warehouses based on the concept that offering members very low prices on a limited selection of nationally branded and selected private label products in a wide range of merchandise categories will produce high sales volumes and rapid inventory turnover. This rapid inventory turnover, when combined with the operating efficiencies achieved by volume purchasing, efficient distribution and reduced handling of merchandise in no-frills, self-service warehouse facilities, enables Costco to operate profitably at significantly lower gross margins than traditional wholesalers, discount retailers and supermarkets.

Costco buys nearly all of its merchandise directly from manufacturers for shipment either directly to Costco’s selling warehouses or to a consolidation point (“depot”) where various shipments are combined so as to minimize freight and handling costs. As a result, Costco eliminates many of the costs associated with multiple step distribution channels, which include purchasing from distributors as opposed to manufacturers, use of central receiving, storing and distributing warehouses, and storage of merchandise in locations off the sales floor. By providing this more cost-effective means of distributing goods, Costco meets the needs of business customers who otherwise would pay a premium for small purchases and for the distribution services of traditional wholesalers, and who cannot otherwise obtain the full range of their product requirements from any single source. In addition, these business members will often combine personal shopping with their business purchases. The cost savings on brand name and selected private label merchandise are the primary motivation for individuals shopping for their personal needs. Costco’s merchandise selection is designed to appeal to both the business and consumer requirements of its members by offering a wide range of nationally branded and selected private label products, often in case, carton or multiple-pack quantities, at attractively low prices.

Because of its high sales volume and rapid inventory turnover, Costco generally has the opportunity to receive cash from the sale of a substantial portion of its inventory at mature warehouse operations before it is required to pay all its merchandise vendors, even though Costco takes advantage of early payment terms to obtain payment discounts. As sales in a given warehouse increase and inventory turnover becomes more rapid, a greater percentage of the inventory is financed through payment terms provided by vendors rather than by working capital.

Costco’s typical warehouse format averages approximately 139,000 square feet. Floor plans are designed for economy and efficiency in the use of selling space, in the handling of merchandise and in the control of inventory. Because shoppers are attracted principally by the availability of low prices on brand name and selected private label goods, Costco’s warehouses need not be located on prime commercial real estate sites or have elaborate facilities.

By strictly controlling the entrances and exits of its warehouses and using a membership format, Costco has been able to limit inventory losses to approximately two-tenths of one percent of net sales—well below those of typical discount retail operations. Losses associated with dishonored checks have also been minimal and bank information from business members is verified prior to establishing a check purchase limit. Members are identified and prevented from cashing checks at the point of sale when they have presented dishonored checks to Costco.

Costco’s merchandising strategy is to provide the customer with a broad range of high quality merchandise at prices consistently lower than could be obtained through traditional wholesalers, discount retailers or supermarkets. An important element of this strategy is to carry only those products on which Costco can provide its members significant cost savings.


The Company operates in the rapidly changing and highly competitive merchandising industry. When The Price Company pioneered the membership warehouse club concept in 1976, the dominant companies selling comparable lines of merchandise were department stores, grocery stores and traditional wholesalers. Since then, new merchandising concepts and aggressive marketing techniques have led to a more intense and focused competitive environment. Wal-Mart has become the largest retailer in the United States (and the world) and has expanded further into various food merchandising formats. Target has also emerged as a significant retail competitor. Approximately 1,050 warehouse club locations exist across the U.S. and Canada, including the 370 warehouses operated by the Company in North America; and every major metropolitan area has one, if not several, club operations. Low-cost operators selling a single category or narrow range of merchandise, such as Home Depot, Office Depot, PetSmart, Toys-R-Us, Circuit City and Barnes & Noble, have significant market share in their respective categories. New forms of retailing involving modern technology are boosting sales in certain stores, while home shopping and electronic commerce over the Internet is becoming increasingly popular. Likewise, in the institutional food business, companies such as Smart & Final, which operates predominately in California, Washington, Oregon, Florida and Arizona, are capturing an increasingly greater share of the institutional food business from wholesale operators and others.

   Company Address: 999 Lake Drive Issaquah 98027 WA
   Company Phone Number: 313-8100   Stock Exchange / Ticker: NASDAQ COST
   COST is expected to report next financial results on October 04, 2022.


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Costco Wholesale's Segments
United States
 Segment    73.09 % of total Revenue
 Segment    14.9 % of total Revenue
Other International
 Segment    12.01 % of total Revenue
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  Company Estimates  
  Revenue Outlook
Costco Wholesale does not provide revenue guidance.

Earnings Outlook
Concha Y Toro Winery Inc does not provide earnings estimates.

Geographic Revenue Dispersion
United States 72.59 %
Canada 14.92 %
Other International 12.48 %


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