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Costco Wholesale

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  • Previous Rank35
  • Country
  • Revenues ($M)$141,576.00
  • Revenue Percent Change9.7%
  • Profits ($M)$3,134.00
  • Profits Percent Change17%
  • Assets ($M)$40,830.00
  • Employees194,000

Costco had a strong end to its 2018 fiscal year, reporting $141.6 billion in revenues, up 9.7% from 2017. And although the wholesaler might be famous for its low prices, its shares are on the rise. While Costco’s stock dropped 12% in December after barely missing its first-quarter earnings estimate—which its CFO attributed to the pressure Amazon’s Whole Foods and Walmart’s Sam’s Club has put on its profit margins in the fresh groceries space—it quickly rebounded. In spite of bumps in the road, Costco maintains a fiercely loyal, steadily growing membership base around the world. Costco will be opening its first Chinese store in Shanghai in late August, and it will continue to expand its e-commerce offerings to stay in step with the competition.

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Company Information

W. Craig Jelinek
General Merchandisers
HQ Location
Issaquah, Wash.
Years on Global 500 List25
Figures are for fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2018.

Costco Wholesale Rank History

Key Financials (Last Fiscal Year)

($ Millions)% change
Revenues ($M)$141,576.009.7%
Profits ($M)$3,134.0017%
Assets ($M)$40,830.00-
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$12,799.00-

Profit Ratios

Profit as % of Revenues2.2%
Profits as % of Assets7.7%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity24.5%