ISSAQUAH, WA--(Marketwire - May 5, 2011) - Costco Wholesale Corporation ("Costco" or the "Company") (
For the thirty-five weeks of its reporting period ended May 1, 2011, the Company reported net sales of $57.59 billion, an increase of 13 percent from $51.04 billion during the similar period last year; excluding Mexico sales, the increase would have been 10 percent.
Comparable sales for the four-week and thirty-five-week periods ended May 1, 2011, including Mexico operations for last year and this year, were as follows:
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Inflation in gasoline prices and strengthening foreign currencies had a positive impact on comparable sales. Excluding these effects, comparable sales for the four-week and thirty-five-week periods were as follows:
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Additional discussion of these sales results is available in a pre-recorded telephone message. You can access the recording by dialing 1-800-642-1687 (conference ID 25103113). This message will be available today through 5:00 p.m. (PT) on Friday, May 6, 2011.
Costco currently operates 580 warehouses, including 425 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 80 in Canada, 22 in the United Kingdom, seven in Korea, six in Taiwan, seven in Japan, one in Australia and 32 in Mexico. The Company also operates Costco Online, an electronic commerce web site, at www.costco.com and at www.costco.ca in Canada. The Company plans to open up to thirteen additional warehouses (including the relocation of a warehouse to a larger and better-located facility, the reopening of San Marcos, CA -- previously closed for an onsite relocation, and the reopening of Makuhari, Japan -- temporarily closed for earthquake damage repairs) prior to the end of its 2011 fiscal year on August 28, 2011.
Certain statements contained in this document and the pre-recorded telephone message constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. For these purposes, forward-looking statements are statements that address activities, events, conditions or developments that the Company expects or anticipates may occur in the future. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual events, results or performance to differ materially from those indicated by such statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, domestic and international economic conditions, including exchange rates, the effects of competition and regulation, uncertainties in the financial markets, consumer and small business spending patterns and debt levels, conditions affecting the acquisition, development, ownership or use of real estate, actions of vendors, rising costs associated with employees (including health care costs), energy, and certain commodities, geopolitical conditions and other risks identified from time to time in the Company's public statements and reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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