Tax Issue Weighs on Costco's Profit In Latest Quarter

Date : 10/03/2019 @ 9:11PM
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Stock : Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST)
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Tax Issue Weighs on Costco's Profit In Latest Quarter

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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.

Write to Micah Maidenberg at


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October 03, 2019 16:56 ET (20:56 GMT)

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