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Costco Wholesale Corporation
Type
Public
Traded as NASDAQ: COST
NASDAQ-100 Component
S&P 100 Component
S&P 500 Component
Industry Retail
Predecessor Price Club
Founded July 12, 1976; 41 years ago (1976-07-12) (as Price Club)
San Diego, California
September 15, 1983; 34 years ago (1983-09-15) (as Costco)
Seattle, Washington
Founders James Sinegal
Jeffrey Brotman
Headquarters Issaquah, Washington, United States
Number of locations
741 warehouses (2017)
Area served
United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, Spain, Iceland, France
Key people
Hamilton E. James
(Chairman)
W. Craig Jelinek
(President and CEO)
Brands Kirkland Signature
Services Merchandise
Cash & Carry
Warehouse club
Revenue Increase US$129.0 billion (2017)
Operating income
Increase US$4.111 billion (2017)
Net income
Increase US$2.679 billion (2017)
Total assets Increase US$36.35 billion (2017)
Total equity Decrease US$11.08 billion (2017)
Number of employees
Increase 231,000 (2017)
Website www.costco.com

Costco Wholesale Corporation, trading as Costco, is the largest American membership-only warehouse club. As of 2015, Costco was the second largest retailer in the world after Walmart, and as of 2016, Costco was the world's largest retailer of choice and prime beef, organic foods, rotisserie chicken, and wine.

Costco's worldwide headquarters are in Issaquah, Washington, but the company opened its first warehouse in nearby Seattle in 1983. Through mergers, Costco's corporate history dates back to 1976, when its former competitor Price Club was founded in San Diego, California. As of September 1, 2017, Costco had a total of 741 warehouses; In the United States (514), Canada (97), Mexico (37), United Kingdom (28), Japan (26), South Korea (13), Taiwan (13), Australia (9), Spain (2), Iceland (1) and one in France (1).

Costco's history began with Sol Price and his son, Robert, opening the first Price Club warehouse on July 12, 1976, on Morena Boulevard in San Diego, California, thus giving birth to a new concept: a retail warehouse club. The Price family placed Price Club Warehouse #1 inside a series of old airplane hangars previously owned by Howard Hughes; that warehouse, now known as Costco Warehouse #401, is still in operation today.

Costco opened its first warehouse in Seattle, Washington, on September 15, 1983, by James (Jim) Sinegal and Jeffrey H. Brotman ( September 27, 1942 – August 1, 2017). Sinegal had started in wholesale distribution by working for Sol Price at FedMart and Brotman, an attorney from an old Seattle retailing family, had also been involved in retail distribution from an early age.

In 1993, Costco and Price Club agreed to merge operations themselves after Price declined an offer from Sam Walton and Walmart to merge Price Club with their warehouse store chain, Sam's Club. Costco's business model and size were similar to those of Price Club, which made the merger more natural for both companies. The combined company took the name PriceCostco, and memberships became universal, meaning that a Price Club member could use their membership to shop at Costco and vice versa. PriceCostco boasted 206 locations generating $16 billion in annual sales. PriceCostco was initially led by executives from both companies, but then the Price brothers soon left the company in 1994 to form Price Enterprises, a warehouse club chain in Central America and the Caribbean unrelated to the current Costco.

In 1997, the company changed its name to Costco Wholesale Corporation and all remaining Price Club locations were rebranded as Costco.

As of September 1, 2017, Costco has 741 warehouses, worldwide:

On April 26, 2012, CNBC premiered its documentary, The Costco Craze: Inside the Warehouse Giant.

In 2014, Costco was the third largest retailer in the United States. That year Costco announced plans to open an online store in China using Alibaba Group.

In the United States, Costco's main competitors operating membership warehouses are Sam's Club and BJ's Wholesale Club. Costco employs more than 205,000 people worldwide full and part-time employees. In 2016, Costco had 85 million members. In 2017, Costco had 90.3 million members.

Costco was the first company to grow from zero to $3 billion in sales in under six years. For the fiscal year ending on August 31, 2012, the company's sales totaled $97.062 billion, with $1.709 billion net profit. Costco is 18th on the 2015 Fortune 500. The ACSI (The American Customer Satisfaction Index) named Costco number one in the specialty retail store industry with a score of 84 in 2014.

From December 2013, Costco's board of directors was chaired by co-founder Jeffrey H. Brotman (September 27, 1942 – August 1, 2017) and included James Sinegal, co-founder and director, and two officers of the company: president/CEO W. Craig Jelinek and CFO Richard A. Galanti. August 1, 2017, Jeffrey Brotman died. As of August 2017, James Sinegal and W. Craig Jelinek remain on the board.

Costco focuses on selling products at low prices, often at very high volume. These goods are usually bulk-packaged and marketed primarily to large families and businesses. Furthermore, Costco does not carry multiple brands or varieties where the item is essentially the same except when it has a house brand to sell, generally by the Kirkland Signature label. This results in a high volume of sales from a vendor, allowing further reductions in price, and reducing marketing costs. A typical Costco warehouse carries only 4,000 distinct products, while a typical Walmart Supercenter carries approximately 140,000 products.

If Costco management feels the wholesale price of a product is too high, they will refuse to stock the product. For example, on November 16, 2009, Costco announced that it would stop selling Coca-Cola products because the soft-drink maker refused to lower its wholesale prices. Costco resumed selling Coca-Cola products on December 14, 2009. Costco also saves money by not stocking extra bags or packing materials; to carry out their goods, customers must use a shopping cart, bring their own bags or use empty merchandise shipping boxes from the company's vendors.

Lighting costs are reduced on sunny days, as most Costco locations have several skylights. During the day, electronic light meters measure how much light is coming in the skylights and turn off an appropriate percentage of the interior lights. During an average sunny day, it is normal for the center section of the warehouse not to have interior lights in use.

Most products are delivered to the warehouse on shipping pallets and these pallets are used to display products for sale on the warehouse floor. This contrasts with retail stores that break down pallets and stock individual products on shelves. Most products have an 8% to 10% markup, while the Kirkland Signature brand products have a 15% markup. The company runs very lean, with overhead costs at about 10% of revenue and profit margins at 2%. It has no public relations department and does not buy outside advertising. Costco's annual membership fees accounts for 80 percent of Costco's gross margin and 70 percent of its operating income, therefore Costco collects most of its profits 12 months in advance unlike most businesses.

Costco stores are only open to members and their guests, except for purchases of gasoline and liquor in some U.S. states and Canadian provinces because of state law or provincial law, optical prescriptions and prescription drugs because of federal law, and (in some regions) purchases made with Costco Cash Cards. While Costco welcomes guests to accompany members, only members are authorized to pay for items (unless the guests have Costco Cash cards). Memberships purchases are paid in advance for one year.

Costco Cash Cards can be purchased in the warehouse or online, and members can load them with money to make non-cash purchases at all Costco warehouses in Australia and the United States. Because Costco gas stations take only Visa credit cards (United States locations only), Costco Cash, debit cards, and MasterCard (Canadian locations only), people who can only pay for gas by check or cash must purchase a Costco Cash Card before filling up.

A Costco membership is not required to make purchases with a Costco Cash Card. A non-member may not purchase or re-load a Costco Cash Card; however, they may spend more than the total value of their cash card in-store provided they pay in cash or approved debit cards for the remaining balance.

Online, Costco.com accepts Discover Card, MasterCard, PayPal Credit, and Visa cards.

At Costco stores and gas stations, until June 19, 2016, American Express was the only accepted credit card in Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, because Amex charged Costco very low interchange fees (a percentage of revenue from total sales made); as Costco's margins are low in comparison to other retailers'. Other forms of payment accepted at Canadian, United Kingdom, and U.S. Costco locations included cash, Costco Cash Cards, Costco credit cards, checks, EBT cards (both cash and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits), and PIN-based debit cards (Interac in Canada). Costco also accepts Flexible spending account (FSA) debit cards for qualifying purchases at the optical and pharmacy departments in the U.S.

On September 18, 2014 Costco Canada announced it would no longer accept American Express credit cards as of December 31, 2014. Costco Canada entered into agreements with Capital One Canada and MasterCard Canada to replace American Express as the exclusive credit card accepted at its Canadian locations beginning January 1, 2015. The Capital One Mastercard doubles as a membership card but any issuer's MasterCard may be used.

In the U.S. on February 12, 2015, it was announced that the 16-year partnership between American Express and Costco was to end after June 19, 2016. as of June 20, 2016, Costco no longer accepted American Express credit cards, and cardholders of TrueEarnings Costco-American Express cards were no longer able to use them anywhere after June 19, 2016. American Express mentioned that it and Costco had failed to reach an agreement that would have continued their partnership beyond June 19, 2016, the end date of their contract.

On March 2, 2015, Costco announced that Citigroup Inc. would become the exclusive issuer of Costco's credit cards and that Visa Inc. would replace American Express as the credit card network for Costco’s stores starting on June 20, 2016. Costco accepts other Visa cards under the new agreement, as well. The Costco Anywhere Visa Card by Citi functions as both a membership card and a credit card that can be used anywhere Visa cards are accepted (not just at Costco). The benefits of the Costco Citi Visa card include 4% back on gasoline purchases, 3% back on restaurant and eligible travel purchases, 2% back on Costco purchases, and 1% back on all over purchases.

American Express was sued by shareholder Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 137 Pension Fund lead for failing to reveal the expected financial impact on its firm of the loss of Costco business, which is expected to be substantial. The Costco partnership represented 8%, or $80 billion, of AmEx's billed business and about 20%, or about $14 billion, of its interest-bearing credit portfolio, according to Richard Shane of JP Morgan Chase & Co. The impact of this on AmEx was significant; in the first quarter without Costco cards lead to profit dropping 10 percent compared to the same period last year as well as revenue dropping five percent.

Until 2009, Costco did not accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly known as "food stamps"). As of March 14, 2009, an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette quoted Jim Sinegal, co-founder and president of the company, as saying, "Generally we don't have customers who use food stamps."

In response to the poor economy, as well as competitor BJ's Wholesale Club's decision in April 2009 to accept SNAP benefits chainwide, Costco announced in May that year that it would accept SNAP benefits on a trial basis in two New York City stores, starting in June 2009, and depending on its success, might expand it to all New York City stores. The company subsequently announced plans to expand the program beyond New York City, targeting first the "hard-hit areas like the "Central Valley of California", Indiana, and Michigan, expanding to "half its roughly 410 U.S. stores by Thanksgiving", and then going nationwide.

Costco memberships can be refunded in full at any time before they expire. Costco guarantees almost all of their products with a full refund. Exceptions include cameras, camcorders, cellular phones, computers, digital audio players, projectors, televisions and major appliances; these may be returned within 90 days of purchase for a refund, for any reason. After 90 days those returns must be done through the manufacturer according to the terms of the warranty. Also exempted are tires (which are covered by their manufacturer's separate defects and treadwear warranties) and vehicle batteries (which are covered by either a Kirkland or Interstate brand warranty—Costco switched from Kirkland to Interstate batteries in 2014). Costco has negotiated with manufacturers to extend the manufacturer's warranty to two years for new computers and televisions (five years on televisions sold by Costco in the UK).

Costco has a wide variety of changing inventory and is known for carrying products for a time, then discontinuing them or using them as seasonal products. Over the years, Costco has gradually expanded its range of products and services. Initially, it preferred to sell only boxed products that could be dispensed by simply tearing the stretch wrap off a pallet. It now sells many other products that are more difficult to handle, such as art, books, caskets, clothing, computer software, fine wine, furniture home appliances, home electronics, hot tubs, jewelry, perishable items (such as dairy, fresh baked goods, flowers, fresh produce, meat, seafood), solar panels, tires, and vacuums. Many warehouses also have gas stations, pharmacies, hearing aid centers, optometrists, eye and sunglass centers, photo processors, and tire garages. The produce items that require refrigeration are kept in a walk-in refrigerator, and several locations even have a walk-in refrigerator for dairy items.

Some locations have liquor stores, often kept separate from the main warehouse in order to comply with liquor license restrictions. In some states (such as Texas), the liquor store must be owned and operated by a separate company with separate employees. In 2006, Costco lost a lawsuit against the state of Washington in which it was seeking to purchase wine directly from the producer, bypassing the state retail monopoly. In Australia, Costco has to comply with regulations set by each state they choose to trade in; their first store in the state of Victoria benefits from some of the most liberal alcohol licensing laws in the country, with retailers permitted to sell alcohol on shelves within the store, in a manner similar to most European countries. In the Canadian province of Quebec, beer and wine are sold within the stores from pallets.

"Kirkland Signature" is Costco's private label. It is sold by Costco at their website and warehouses, and is trademarked by the company. The name is derived from the location (from 1987 to 1996) of Costco's corporate headquarters, Kirkland, Washington.

Costco introduced Kirkland Signature as its private label in 1992. The idea was to provide brand name quality products at discounted prices. To counteract the consumer confidence problem common in store branding, Kirkland Signature occasionally employs co-branding. According to Costco, while consumers may be wary of same-store-branding, they are less likely to be wary of brands that they are familiar with and trust.

Costco is the exclusive first-hand distributor of Costco bears, which are manufactured by Hugfun International.

The Costco Connection is a magazine sent free to members of Costco; it can also be accessed online by anyone, free of charge. The magazine, established in 1987, features articles which regularly tie into the corporation along with business, celebrity features, cooking, entertaining, health, home improvement, and social articles, as well as coupons and ads. MediaPost reports: "While about 90% of the magazine’s advertising is co-op, increasingly national advertisers such as Procter & Gamble are buying space, notes Roeglin -- presumably because of the pub’s gargantuan reach and the data it has on its subscribers (whose average household income is $156,000 a year). 'We see about 56% of our subscribers a month buy something at one of our stores based on something they've read in the magazine,' says Roeglin." The magazine is the largest-circulation print monthly in the United States. Costco also publishes the Costco Household Almanac and a cookbook series.

Costco offers a free "concierge" service to members who purchase electronics, to help answer questions regarding setup and use and avoid potential returns due to not understanding how to use the products.

Costco acts as an investment broker and travel agent. Costco has an agreement with Ameriprise for auto and home insurance. In 2004 Costco offered an original artwork by artist Pablo Picasso on their online store; more recently a highly regarded 1982 Mouton Rothschild wine was offered as well as other rare wines in rotation.

Costco Photo Center is a multi-functional photography printing lab offering services at the warehouses as well as through their web site, costcophotocenter.com. The website provides free unlimited digital file storage with a current membership. Previous to May or June 2010, Costco had an agreement with Mypublisher.com for custom book and calendar publishing. Now, they print the photobooks and calendars themselves.

As of September 2015, Costco was the second largest auto seller in the US, just behind AutoNation. Costco regularly teams up with various automobile manufacturers to offer special deals to customers, e.g., Polaris (a leading seller of powersport vehicles) in 4Q2015 and General Motors from October 2015 through January 2016. Addicted to Costco lists the following as some benefits of the Costco Auto Program:

On March 9, 2005, NOVA Information Systems (NOVA) partnered with Costco to market and support payment processing services to Costco Canada's Business Executive Members.

Costco Optical ranks as the fifth-largest optical company in the US, as of 2015. Optometrists working at Costco locations will see patients without Costco memberships, although a membership is required to fill a prescription at the optical department.

Costco Travel is a wholly owned subsidiary of Costco Wholesale and offers leisure travel to Costco members of the United States and Canada. The program was established in 2000 as a service to Costco members. Costco Travel's offices are located in Issaquah, Washington, adjacent to Costco's corporate headquarters. Costco Travel employs over 700 travel professionals, all of them Costco employees.

The program offers vacation packages to the Caribbean, Europe, Florida, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Mexico, and the South Pacific. Other products include car rentals, cruises, guided vacations, and theme park packages. Select products feature additional benefits for Costco Executive Members.

The program is marketed directly to Costco members through various Costco avenues, including the Travel Guide to Savings (found in all U.S. Costco warehouses) and in the Travel section of Costco.com.

All but a few Costco locations have a food court. Some are inside, some are outside, but the menu is essentially the same: hot dog with drink, pizza, frozen yogurt, various drinks, baked items, and sandwiches. Costco offers a quarter-pound 100% beef hot dog or Polish sausage and 591 millilitres (20.8 imp fl oz; 20.0 US fl oz) drink (with refills) for US$1.50, the same price since 1985. In Australia, the hot dog is made of pork and is sold with a large soda for AUD$1.99. In Canada, the price for a hot dog and soda with refills is C$1.50. In Mexico, the hot dog is made of 100% beef and includes a drink (with refills) for Mex$30. In the UK, the hot dog is also made from beef and customers also get a drink (with refills) for £1.50. Costco sold more than 82 million quarter-pound (113 g) hot dogs in its food courts in 2008.

Cheese, pepperoni, veggie, or combo pizza is also available in most locations, and can usually be ordered to go, making Costco arguably the 14th largest pizza chain in the US in 2010. Frozen yogurt is also served in chocolate, vanilla, or swirl. Costco also offers fruit smoothies, latte freeze (without chocolate), mocha freeze (with chocolate), beef bake, chicken bake, turkey provolone sandwiches, twisted churros, chicken Caesar salads, beef brisket sandwiches, beef chili with beans, and in some locations, gelato. French fries are also offered in some locations. Some of the food court items are only available in certain countries. For example, the bulgogi bake is only available in Korea and Japan and poutine is only available in Canada. The nutrition data for the Costco Food Court items is posted online.

Due to slow sales, in 2009 the pretzel was replaced by the churro. In April 2013, Pepsi replaced all Coca-Cola fountain drinks at US locations because Coke had raised its prices; this helped keep the hot dog combo with soda at its original US$1.50 price.

In December 2005, Costco signed an agreement with PhotoChannel Networks Inc., whereby Costco could deploy the PNI Digital Media Platform to offer online photo printing for Costco members through the website.

On July 17, 2015, Costco disabled their online photo site. In common with other retailers, there is currently no confirmation about whether hackers had stolen Costco customers' photographs or data. As of August 1, 2015, Costco was estimating the website might return in mid August, after a four-week outage.

On April 17, 2001, Costco Wholesale opened a B2B (Business to Business) online shopping site at costco.com for faster and easier business shopping.

The domain costco.com attracted at least 58 million visitors in 2008, according to a Compete.com survey. Costco.com is for United States members; costco.ca is for Canadian members, and other countries, such as Mexico, South Korea, and the UK, each has its own online Costco shopping website.

Instacart offers Costco delivery in a select number of states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia. No membership is needed to order from Costco on Instacart, but Instacart charges delivery fees and the prices may not necessarily be the same as in a Costco warehouse. Similarly, in March 2017, Costco initiated a partnership with Shipt, an online grocery delivery service. Unlike Instacart, Shipt charges its own membership fee, $99 a year or $14 a month, in exchange for free delivery on orders over $35. As of April 2017, Shipt only offers Costco delivery in the Tampa, Florida metropolitan area.

In October 2017, Costco launched same-day and two-day grocery delivery options for members.

In 2010, Mercy for Animals conducted an undercover investigation at Buckeye Veal Farm, a veal supplier to Costco. Immediately following the investigative release, Costco adopted a policy against purchasing veal from producers that use the crate-and-chain production method. The case prompted Ohio lawmakers to vote in favor of a veal crate phase-out in the state.

In 2012, Mercy for Animals conducted an undercover investigation at a pork supplier to Costco, Walmart, Safeway, Kroger, and Kmart. Before the public release of the investigation, Costco announced they would begin requiring their pork suppliers to phase out gestation crates.

In 2015, The Humane Society of the United States conducted an undercover investigation at an egg supplier to Costco. An undercover worker at Hillandale Farms, a major egg supplier to Costco, filmed conditions in which egg-laying hens lived in tiny, wire cages. Following the investigations, several celebrities including Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling publicly wrote to Costco to address this issue. Following efforts by animal protection nonprofits include The Humane League, Costco released an updated commitment to source exclusively cage-free eggs in its operations.

In 2016, a follow up to Costco's shift to cage-free eggs by animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) reported cannibalism and high mortality at a cage-free Costco egg supplier. Costco denied the allegations, but the video sparked a discussion about animal welfare problems continuing to exist at cage-free egg farms. Writing in The Huffington Post, DxE co-founder Wayne Hsiung argued that the new investigation, rather than suggesting that Costco should keep birds in cages, indicated that hens should have the right not to be raised for food or kept on farms at all.

While some former Price Club locations in California and the northeastern United States are staffed by Teamsters, the majority of Costco locations are not unionized although there seems to be a move in 2012 to unionize some locations in Canada. The non-union locations have revisions to their Costco Employee Agreement every three years concurrent with union contract ratifications in locations with collective bargaining agreements. The Employee Agreement sets forth such things as benefits, compensations, wages, disciplinary procedures, paid holidays, bonuses, and seniority. The Employee Agreement is subject to change by Costco at any time and offers no absolute protection to the workers. As of March 2011, non-supervisory hourly wages ranged from $11.00 to $21.00 in the U.S., $11.00 to $22.15 in Canada, and £8.50 to £11.50 in the United Kingdom. In the U.S. as of 2005, eighty-five percent of Costco's workers had health insurance, compared with less than fifty percent at Walmart and Target. Health benefits include coverage through Aetna, remote primary care through Teladoc, second opinions and clinical navigation by Grand Rounds, and wellness coaching by Omada.

Product-demonstration (e.g., food samples) employees work for an outside company. In the western U.S., the company is called Warehouse Demo Services, Kirkland, Washington. Costco also uses Club Demonstration Services, based in San Diego, California. In Canada, demonstrations are done exclusively by Professional Warehouse Demonstrations. Demonstration employees receive a pay and benefit package that is less than that of Costco employees. As of August 1, 2017, demonstrations/samples are provided by CDS in Canada.

In 2014, The Guardian reported that Costco is a client of Charoen Pokphand Foods. Over six months, The Guardian traced down a supply chain from slave ships in Asian waters to leading producers and retailers. Costco has published a statement saying it has had a supplier code of conduct since 1999 which does not allow this practice, and that independent auditors check for violations regularly.

Warehouses outside the US are similar to those in the US. Layout, signage, and even parking lot markings are generally identical to warehouses in the US. Food court menus are tailored to international tastes, with meat pies on offer in Australia, poutine in Canada, seafood-topped pizza in Asian and Mexican locations, clam chowder in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, and jacket potatoes in the UK. Additionally, Costco has led a strategic initiative within the past year to enhance their merchandise mix available within international warehouses to tailor products to local tastes, with a mix of both American and local products available.

Costco announced it opened 29 new locations in 2016, the most in one year since 2007.

In 2005, the world's largest Costco was located in Hillsboro, Oregon. In 2015, Costco completed an expansion in Salt Lake City, UT, making it the new largest Costco at 235,000 square feet. In 2011, Costco's highest volume store was in Seoul, South Korea.

Costco Business Centers are warehouses similar to regular Costco warehouses, and are open to all Costco members, regardless of membership type. Their merchandise, though, cater predominantly to enterprises, with a focus on small businesses. Business Centers do not carry most consumer items like clothing, jewelry, media, and tires, while carrying larger quantities and more options for the business products they do carry. They do not offer most of the consumer-oriented services found at regular Costco warehouses, but some locations do have a food court or a gas station or both. Also unlike regular warehouses, most Costco Business Centers have a Print & Copy Center which provides printing professional services. They have large parking spaces for trucks and are capable of delivering goods to businesses in bulk quantities. Finally, opening hours are shorter than regular warehouses (usually opening at 7 am on Mondays to Saturdays and closed on Sundays), while discounts and coupons for Business Centers are issued separately from regular warehouses.

As of August 2017, there are 17 Costco Business Centers in the United States, located in Orlando, Florida; Phoenix, Arizona; California (Commerce, Hawthorne, Hayward, North Hollywood, San Diego, South San Francisco and Westminster); Denver, Colorado; Morrow, Georgia; Bedford Park, Illinois; Hackensack, New Jersey; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Washington (Lynnwood, and Fife).

The first Costco Business Centre in outside the US opened in Canada in Scarborough, Toronto in spring 2017.

The first Costco Home warehouse opened in 1983 and was rebuilt / expanded in 2002 Seattle, Washington. The warehouse's concept was to combine the value, setting and members-only elements of Costco's warehouse clubs with the product array one would find at an upscale home store, such as Fortunoff or Crate & Barrel. The Costco Home warehouses sold furniture, housewares, kitchen products and accessories from higher-end brands such as Lexington, Ralph Lauren and Waterford in a warehouse-club setting. Costco claimed that, similar to its main warehouses, it accepted lower margins in return for greater volume with minimal overhead.

Over time, the concept was adjusted to include home electronics, some major appliances, office furniture, and a large selection of outdoor furniture and window treatments. Costco also partners with Glentel subsidiary WIRELESS etc. to sell mobile phones and plans in Canada and Wireless Advocates in the US.

On April 2, 2009, the company announced that it would be abandoning its Costco Home concept, closing the two existing stores in Kirkland, Washington and Tempe, Arizona on July 3, 2009, and abandoning plans for a third store on the West Coast. The company cited cutbacks in consumer spending on home products and its interest in focusing on its core business as the main reasons.

In August 2017, a federal judge ordered a “deceptive” Costco to pay Tiffany & Co. $19.4 million for misleading consumers into thinking they could buy legitimate Tiffany merchandise at warehouse club prices.

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Q reports

Period Date Adjusted Actuals EPS GAAP EPS
Q1 2021 2020-12-10 Future report Set alerts
Q4 2020 2020-10-01 Future report Set alerts
Q3 2020 2020-05-28 1.89 1.89
Q2 2020 2020-03-05 2.10 2.10
Q1 2020 2019-12-12 1.73 1.90
Q4 2019 2019-10-03 2.69 2.47
Q3 2019 2019-05-30 1.89 2.05
Q2 2019 2019-03-07 2.01 2.01
Q1 2019 2018-12-13 1.61 1.73
Q4 2018 2018-10-04 2.36 2.36

Ratings

2016-07-10 Reiterated Rating Deutsche Bank AG Buy
2016-07-09 Reiterated Rating JPMorgan Chase & Co. Buy
2016-07-09 Reiterated Rating Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. Buy $175.00
2016-07-06 Reiterated Rating Piper Jaffray Cos. Overweight $171.00
2016-07-05 Reiterated Rating Argus Buy $175.00
2016-06-30 Reiterated Rating Oppenheimer Buy $175.00
2016-06-30 Reiterated Rating Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. Buy $175.00
2016-06-04 Reiterated Rating Bank of America Buy
2016-06-04 Reiterated Rating Bank of America Corp. Buy
2016-06-03 Reiterated Rating Cowen and Company Outperform $160.00
2016-06-02 Reiterated Rating Robert W. Baird Buy
2016-06-01 Upgrade Goldman Sachs Neutral to Buy $169.00 to $175.00
2016-06-01 Reiterated Rating Piper Jaffray Outperform $171.00
2016-06-01 Reiterated Rating Piper Jaffray Cos. Outperform $171.00
2016-06-01 Upgrade Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Neutral to Buy $169.00 to $175.00
2016-05-31 Lower Price Target Deutsche Bank Buy $196.00 to $195.00
2016-05-31 Boost Price Target RBC Capital Outperform $169.00 to $173.00
2016-05-31 Lower Price Target Deutsche Bank AG Buy $196.00 to $195.00
2016-05-31 Boost Price Target Royal Bank Of Canada Outperform $169.00 to $173.00
2016-05-27 Boost Price Target Citigroup Inc. Neutral $154.00 to $155.00
2016-05-27 Reiterated Rating Bank of America Buy $165.00
2016-05-27 Reiterated Rating Morgan Stanley Overweight $165.00
2016-05-27 Reiterated Rating Jefferies Group Hold $135.00
2016-05-26 Reiterated Rating Nomura Buy $185.00
2016-05-26 Reiterated Rating Nomura Holdings Inc. Buy $185.00
2016-05-25 Reiterated Rating RBC Capital Outperform $169.00 to $173.00
2016-05-24 Reiterated Rating Piper Jaffray Buy $173.00 to $171.00
2016-05-16 Lower Price Target Deutsche Bank Buy $198.00 to $196.00
2016-05-16 Reiterated Rating Robert W. Baird Buy
2016-05-16 Reiterated Rating Sterne Agee CRT Buy
2016-05-09 Reiterated Rating Morgan Stanley Overweight $170.00 to $165.00
2016-05-08 Reiterated Rating Jefferies Group Hold $142.00 to $135.00
2016-05-05 Reiterated Rating Piper Jaffray Overweight $173.00
2016-05-02 Reiterated Rating JPMorgan Chase & Co. Focus List $180.00
2016-05-02 Initiated Coverage RBC Capital Outperform $169.00
2016-04-29 Downgrade Wolfe Research Outperform to Peer Perform
2016-04-10 Reiterated Rating Deutsche Bank Buy $198.00
2016-04-08 Boost Price Target Goldman Sachs $162.00 to $166.00
2016-04-05 Reiterated Rating Piper Jaffray Overweight $173.00
2016-03-31 Initiated Coverage Barclays Hold
2016-03-31 Reiterated Rating Oppenheimer Buy $160.00 to $175.00
2016-03-31 Initiated Coverage Barclays PLC Hold
2016-03-30 Boost Price Target Barclays Equal Weight $160.00 to $180.00
2016-03-28 Reiterated Rating Morgan Stanley Overweight $170.00
2016-03-28 Reiterated Rating Deutsche Bank Buy
2016-03-14 Reiterated Rating Deutsche Bank Buy
2016-03-06 Reiterated Rating Piper Jaffray Buy
2016-03-06 Reiterated Rating Deutsche Bank Buy
2016-03-05 Reiterated Rating Telsey Advisory Group Buy
2016-03-05 Reiterated Rating Morgan Stanley Buy $179.00 to $170.00
2016-03-04 Reiterated Rating Stifel Nicolaus Buy $180.00
2016-03-04 Lower Price Target Telsey Advisory Group Outperform $175.00 to $170.00
2016-03-03 Reiterated Rating Cowen and Company Buy $162.00
2016-03-03 Reiterated Rating Guggenheim Hold
2016-02-29 Reiterated Rating Piper Jaffray Buy $174.00
2016-02-26 Downgrade Cleveland Research Buy to Neutral
2016-02-23 Reiterated Rating Morgan Stanley Overweight
2016-02-13 Reiterated Rating Oppenheimer Buy
2016-02-13 Reiterated Rating Deutsche Bank Buy
2016-02-12 Lower Price Target Oppenheimer Outperform $185.00 to $160.00
2016-02-05 Lower Price Target BMO Capital Markets Outperform $175.00 to $170.00
2016-02-05 Lower Price Target Goldman Sachs Neutral $153.00 to $149.00
2016-02-04 Reiterated Rating BMO Capital Markets Outperform $175.00 to $170.00
2016-02-02 Reiterated Rating Piper Jaffray Overweight $174.00
2016-01-08 Reiterated Rating Cowen and Company Buy $165.00
2016-01-07 Reiterated Rating Piper Jaffray Overweight $174.00
2016-01-06 Reiterated Rating Deutsche Bank Buy $198.00
2015-12-18 Reiterated Rating Piper Jaffray Buy $174.00
2015-12-14 Reiterated Rating JPMorgan Chase & Co. Buy
2015-12-11 Reiterated Rating Barclays Hold
2015-12-11 Boost Price Target JPMorgan Chase & Co. Overweight $162.00 to $180.00
2015-12-10 Reiterated Rating Piper Jaffray Buy
2015-12-10 Reiterated Rating Morgan Stanley Buy $179.00
2015-12-10 Reiterated Rating Guggenheim Neutral
2015-12-10 Boost Price Target Barclays Equal Weight to Equal Weight $150.00 to $160.00
2015-12-10 Boost Price Target Argus Buy $165.00 to $175.00
2015-12-09 Reiterated Rating BMO Capital Markets Buy $175.00
2015-12-09 Reiterated Rating Deutsche Bank Buy $200.00 to $198.00
2015-12-09 Boost Price Target Piper Jaffray Overweight $171.00 to $174.00
2015-12-04 Boost Price Target Sterne Agee CRT Buy $154.00 to $186.00
2015-12-03 Upgrade Deutsche Bank Hold to Buy $152.00 to $200.00
2015-12-03 Boost Price Target Robert W. Baird Outperform $165.00 to $180.00
2015-12-03 Boost Price Target Stifel Nicolaus Buy $162.00 to $180.00
2015-12-02 Reiterated Rating Deutsche Bank Hold to Hold
2015-11-30 Reiterated Rating Piper Jaffray Overweight $168.00 to $171.00
2015-11-25 Reiterated Rating Cowen and Company Buy
2015-11-25 Reiterated Rating Citigroup Inc. Neutral
2015-11-17 Reiterated Rating Morgan Stanley Buy $163.00 to $179.00
2015-11-09 Boost Price Target Jefferies Group Hold $144.00
2015-11-09 Initiated Coverage Citigroup Inc. Neutral $172.00
2015-11-09 Boost Price Target Telsey Advisory Group Outperform $160.00 to $175.00
2015-11-06 Boost Price Target Oppenheimer Outperform $185.00
2015-11-03 Reiterated Rating Piper Jaffray Overweight $155.00 to $168.00
2015-11-03 Downgrade Northcoast Research Buy to Neutral
2015-11-02 Reiterated Rating Deutsche Bank Hold
2015-10-23 Boost Price Target Williams Capital Hold $148.00 to $165.00
2015-10-22 Reiterated Rating Credit Suisse Buy
2015-10-22 Reiterated Rating Credit Suisse Group AG Buy
2015-10-21 Boost Price Target Credit Suisse Outperform $160.00 to $165.00
2015-10-17 Reiterated Rating Sterne Agee CRT Buy
2015-10-05 Reiterated Rating BMO Capital Markets Outperform
2015-10-05 Reiterated Rating JPMorgan Chase & Co. Overweight $155.00 to $162.00
2015-10-02 Reiterated Rating Sterne Agee CRT Buy $152.00 to $154.00
2015-10-02 Reiterated Rating Credit Suisse Outperform $160.00
2015-10-01 Reiterated Rating Morgan Stanley Overweight
2015-09-30 Reiterated Rating Piper Jaffray Buy $154.00 to $155.00
2015-09-29 Reiterated Rating Deutsche Bank Hold $143.00 to $144.00
2015-09-29 Boost Price Target Telsey Advisory Group Outperform $156.00 to $160.00
2015-09-24 Reiterated Rating Piper Jaffray Buy $154.00
2015-09-22 Reiterated Rating Sterne Agee CRT Buy $154.00 to $152.00
2015-09-02 Reiterated Rating Piper Jaffray Buy $154.00
2015-08-07 Reiterated Rating BMO Capital Markets Outperform $165.00
2015-08-04 Reiterated Rating Deutsche Bank Hold $143.00
2015-07-17 Reiterated Rating Oppenheimer Buy
2015-07-13 Reiterated Rating BMO Capital Markets Buy $165.00
2015-07-10 Reiterated Rating Sterne Agee CRT Buy
2015-07-10 Upgrade Oppenheimer Market Perform to Outperform $139.45 to $160.00
2015-07-09 Reiterated Rating Deutsche Bank Hold $144.00 to $143.00
2015-07-07 Reiterated Rating Piper Jaffray Overweight $154.00
2015-07-02 Reiterated Rating Sterne Agee CRT Buy
2015-06-25 Reiterated Rating Piper Jaffray Buy $154.00
2015-06-09 Initiated Coverage Macquarie Neutral $136.00
2015-06-05 Reiterated Rating Barclays Equal Weight $150.00
2015-06-05 Boost Price Target Williams Capital Hold $131.00 to $148.00
2015-06-01 Reiterated Rating S&P Equity Research Buy $162.00
2015-05-29 Reiterated Rating BMO Capital Markets Outperform $165.00
2015-05-29 Reiterated Rating Cowen and Company Outperform
2015-05-28 Set Price Target Cowen and Company Buy $165.00
2015-05-28 Reiterated Rating Raymond James Hold
2015-05-28 Reiterated Rating Guggenheim Hold
2015-05-28 Set Price Target Nomura Buy $160.00
2015-05-28 Set Price Target Janney Montgomery Scott Hold $141.00
2015-05-28 Reiterated Rating Raymond James Financial Inc. Hold
2015-05-12 Reiterated Rating Goldman Sachs Neutral $155.00 to $154.00
2015-05-09 Reiterated Rating Deutsche Bank Hold $142.00 to $144.00
2015-05-07 Set Price Target Sterne Agee CRT Buy $154.00
2015-03-06 Set Price Target Cowen and Company Buy $165.00
2015-03-06 Boost Price Target Barclays Equal Weight $142.00 to $150.00
2015-03-06 Boost Price Target Jefferies Group Hold $135.00 to $140.00
2015-03-06 Boost Price Target Argus Buy $155.00 to $165.00
2015-03-06 Boost Price Target Telsey Advisory Group Outperform $153.00 to $156.00
2015-03-05 Set Price Target Sterne Agee CRT Buy $156.00
2015-03-03 Upgrade JPMorgan Chase & Co. Buy
2015-02-09 Set Price Target Morgan Stanley Buy $163.00
2015-02-05 Downgrade Deutsche Bank Buy to Hold $147.00 to $142.00
2015-01-16 Initiated Coverage BMO Capital Markets Outperform $155.00
2015-01-13 Downgrade Goldman Sachs Buy to Neutral $148.00 to $147.00
2015-01-08 Boost Price Target Telsey Advisory Group Outperform $147.00 to $153.00
2015-01-07 Boost Price Target Jefferies Group Hold $130.00 to $133.00
2014-12-16 Initiated Coverage Cowen and Company Outperform $160.00
2014-12-12 Downgrade Janney Montgomery Scott Buy to Neutral
2014-12-10 Reiterated Rating Goldman Sachs Positive
2014-12-09 Reiterated Rating Deutsche Bank Buy $147.00
2014-12-05 Reiterated Rating Jefferies Group Hold $130.00
2014-11-24 Downgrade Goldman Sachs Conviction-Buy to Buy $148.00 to $145.00
2014-11-10 Boost Price Target Telsey Advisory Group Outperform $136.00 to $147.00
2014-10-29 Downgrade Tigress Financial Strong-Buy to Buy
2014-10-20 Upgrade Wolfe Research Market Perform to Outperform
2014-10-14 Downgrade Williams Capital Group Buy to Hold $127 to $131
2014-10-14 Downgrade Williams Capital Buy to Hold $127.00 to $131.00
2014-10-13 Boost Price Target Argus Buy $130.00 to $143.00
2014-10-09 Reiterated Rating Scotiabank Buy
2014-10-07 Reiterated Rating Jefferies Group Hold $115.00 to $116.00
2014-10-06 Reiterated Rating Deutsche Bank Buy $128.00 to $130.00
2014-10-03 Boost Price Target Oppenheimer Market Perform $105.00 to $120.00
2014-09-25 Reiterated Rating Jefferies Group Hold $104.00 to $115.00
2014-09-15 Initiated Coverage Citigroup Inc. Buy $150.00
2014-09-05 Boost Price Target Telsey Advisory Group Not Rated $127.00 to $134.00
2014-09-03 Upgrade Northcoast Research Neutral to Buy
2014-07-29 Upgrade Goldman Sachs Neutral to Conviction-Buy $136.00
2014-06-24 Initiated Coverage Morgan Stanley Overweight $134.00
2014-04-01 Initiated Coverage Ameriprise Financial Buy
2014-03-10 Lower Price Target Piper Jaffray $135.00 to $125.00
2014-03-07 Lower Price Target Jefferies Group Hold $104.00
2014-02-12 Initiated Coverage Nomura Buy $125.00
2014-02-11 Initiated Coverage Prime Executions Buy $130.00
2014-02-05 Lower Price Target Jefferies Group $107.00 to $105.00
2014-01-21 Downgrade Northcoast Research Buy to Neutral
2013-12-12 Boost Price Target Argus Buy $125.00 to $130.00
2013-11-15 Reiterated Rating Deutsche Bank Buy $132.00
2013-11-15 Boost Price Target Sterne Agee CRT Buy $126.00 to $144.00
2013-11-12 Downgrade UBS Buy to Neutral $124
2013-11-07 Reiterated Rating JPMorgan Chase & Co. Buy $128.00
2013-11-07 Boost Price Target Deutsche Bank Buy $119.00 to $132.00
2013-10-11 Reiterated Rating Jefferies Group Hold $103.00
2013-10-11 Lower Price Target Sterne Agee CRT Buy $130.00 to $126.00
2013-10-10 Reiterated Rating Barclays Hold $120.00
2013-10-10 Boost Price Target Citigroup Inc. Neutral $113.00 to $114.00
2013-10-10 Boost Price Target JPMorgan Chase & Co. Overweight $117.00 to $128.00
2013-10-10 Lower Price Target Jefferies Group Hold $109.00 to $103.00
2013-10-10 Boost Price Target Guggenheim Neutral $98.00 to $105.00
2013-10-03 Reiterated Rating Jefferies Group Hold $109.00
2013-10-03 Reiterated Rating Deutsche Bank Buy $120.00 to $121.00
2013-10-01 Reiterated Rating Stifel Nicolaus Buy $130.00
2013-10-01 Boost Price Target Barclays Equal Weight $110.00 to $120.00
2013-10-01 Reiterated Rating Goldman Sachs Hold $124.00
2013-07-24 Initiated Williams Capital Group Buy $132
2013-05-31 Reiterated UBS Buy $121 to $124
2013-05-31 Reiterated McAdams Wright Ragen Hold $110 to $115
2013-05-31 Reiterated Argus Buy $115 to $125
2013-05-28 Reiterated Deutsche Bank Buy $110 to $120
2013-04-16 Initiated UBS Buy $121
2012-10-02 Reiterated Stifel Nicolaus Buy $100 to $107
2012-09-19 Reiterated Argus Buy $100 to $110
2012-08-31 Reiterated McAdams Wright Ragen Hold $92 to $98
2012-07-02 Reiterated Stifel Nicolaus Buy $90 to $100
2012-06-14 Reiterated McAdams Wright Ragen Hold $89 to $92
2012-05-30 Reiterated McAdams Wright Ragen Hold $85 to $89
2012-02-28 Initiated Oppenheimer Perform $90
2011-12-07 Initiated UBS Neutral $87
2011-10-06 Reiterated McAdams Wright Ragen Hold $80 to $85
2016-07-10 Reiterated Rating Deutsche Bank AG Buy
2016-07-09 Reiterated Rating JPMorgan Chase & Co. Buy
2016-07-09 Reiterated Rating Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. Buy $175.00
2016-07-06 Reiterated Rating Piper Jaffray Cos. Overweight $171.00
2016-07-05 Reiterated Rating Argus Buy $175.00

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Major Shareholders

Name Relationship Total Shares Holding stocks
SINEGAL JAMES D 0.13%  (584507) COST /
JELINEK W CRAIG President and CEO 0.07%  (289804) COST /
WALKER THOMAS KIRK Executive VP 0.06%  (249743) COST /
MUNGER CHARLES T 0.04%  (163656) COST / DJCO /
BROTMAN JEFFREY H Chairman of the Board 0.02%  (73894) COST /
McKay John D Executive Vice President 0.01%  (64981) COST /
Murphy James P. Executive VP 0.01%  (53219) COST /
DECKER SUSAN L 0.01%  (51985) COST / INTC / MTN /
GATES WILLIAM H II 0.01%  (45000) COST /
SCHUTT DOUGLAS W Executive VP 0.01%  (40184) COST /
LIBENSON RICHARD M 0.01%  (38317) COST /
JAMES HAMILTON E 0.01%  (37844) BX / COST /
MOULTON PAUL G Executive VP 0.01%  (33573) COST /
RAIKES JEFFREY S 0.01%  (31874) COST /
Hines Daniel M. Principal Acctg Officer 0.01%  (30852) COST /
GALANTI RICHARD A Executive VP and CFO 0.01%  (27880) COST /
MEISENBACH JOHN W 0.01%  (27000) COST / EXPD /
Rose Timothy L. Executive VP 0.01%  (22903) COST /

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