Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST)
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2 Months : From Sep 2019 to Nov 2019
By Micah Maidenberg
Revenue increased 7% at Costco Wholesale Corp. in the company's latest quarter, but a tax issue hurt the company's profit.
Costco said it generated about $47.5 billion in net sales and membership fees in its fiscal fourth quarter, up from $44.41 billion the year earlier. Analysts polled by FactSet expected $47.44 billion in revenue for the latest period.
Profit rose to almost $1.10 billion, or $2.47 a share, from $1.04 billion, or $2.36 a share, the year earlier. Analysts expected $2.54 a share in adjusted profit.
The company recorded what it called a $123 million pretax reserve related to a product-tax assessment in the quarter, lowering earnings.
Along with rival Walmart Inc., Costco has shown it can draw in customers and notch higher sales in a shifting retail market. Investors have responded by bidding up shares in the Issaquah, Wash.-based company 42% so far this year.
The company has been helped along by consumer spending, which has been a strength for the U.S. economy for much of the year amid worries about slowing global growth and uncertainty related to tariffs. However, household spending rose just 0.1% in August from July on a seasonally adjusted basis, slower than the first seven months of the year.
Comparable sales, or those from Costco warehouses open for more than a year as well as online sales, increased 5% for the company's quarter that ended Sept. 1. Comparable sales in the U.S. were up about 6%.
Shares of Costco fell 1.6% in postmarket trading.
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(END) Dow Jones Newswires
October 03, 2019 16:56 ET (20:56 GMT)
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