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  • Previous Rank
    15
  • Revenues ($M)
    118719
  • Revenue Percent Change
    2.2
  • Profits ($M)
    2350
  • Profits Percent Change
    -1.1
  • Assets ($M)
    33163
  • Employees
    172000
  • Market Value — as of March 31, 2017 ($M)
    73606

Costco may be grappling with lower gas prices that are eating into its sales growth, but the bulk retailer still outperforms Sam's Club every quarter, and the company posted record sales in 2016. Costco benefits from having stores in more affluent areas than Sam's does. It also invests heavily in improvements: it spent $2.65 billion to open 33 warehouses (it now runs 715), expand its distribution and transportation systems, remodel facilities; and upgrade its IT infrastructure. One soft spot? E-commerce. Costco has lagged rivals in terms of offering online services; it now operates digital stores in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Mexico, Korea, and Taiwan. Costco was founded in 1976 and is based in Issaquah, Wash.

Company Info

CEOW. Craig Jelinek
CEO TitlePresident, Chief Executive Officer & Director
SectorRetailing
IndustryGeneral Merchandisers
HQ LocationIssaquah, WA
Websitewww.costco.com
Years on Fortune 500 List23
Employees172,000

Key Financials (Last Fiscal Year)

Revenues ($M)$118,719
Profits ($M)$2,350
Assets ($M)$33,163
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$12,079
Market Value — as of March 31, 2017 ($M)$73,606

Profit Ratios

Profit as % of Revenues2%
Profits as % of Assets7.1%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity19.5%

Earnings Per Share (Last Fiscal Year)

Earnings Per Share ($)5
EPS % Change (from 2015)-0.7%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)10.1%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)8.8%

Total Return

Total Return to Investors (2016)0.3%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)17.6%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)14.1%