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  • Previous Rank19
  • Revenues ($M)112,640
  • Revenue Percent Change7.1%
  • Profits ($M)2,058
  • Profits Percent Change0.9%
  • Market Value (as of March 31, 2015)66,654

Costco has consistently bested its closest competitor Sam’s Club thanks to having locations in more affluent areas and the popularity of its Kirkland private label brand, which has everything from detergent to pet food to mixed nuts and generates 20% of sales. The company benefits from enormous clout with suppliers and its own ability to crank out private label brands customers want, allowing it to enjoy high profitability thanks to big sales volume and the low costs that come from efficient distribution and no-frills warehouses.

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Company Info

W. Craig Jelinek
Specialty Retailers: Other
HQ Location
Issaquah, WA
Years on List21

Key Financials (last fiscal year)

$ millions% change
Revenues ($M)112,6407.1%
Profits ($M)2,0580.9%
Total Stockholder Equity12,303-
Market Value (as of March 31, 2015)66,654-

Profit Ratios

Profit as % of Revenues1.8%
Profits as % of Assets6.2%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity16.7%

Earnings Per Share (last fiscal year)

Earnings Per Share ($)4.65
EPS % Change (from 2013)0.4%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)13.5%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)9.7%

Total Return

Total Return to Investors (2014)20.4%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)22.1%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)13.4%