Costco (COST) Reports March U.S. Comps Increase 13.9%

April 7, 2021 4:16 PM EDT

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Costco Wholesale Corporation (“Costco” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: COST) today reported net sales of $18.21 billion for the retail month of March, the five weeks ended April 4, 2021, an increase of 17.6 percent from $15.49 billion last year.

For the thirty-one weeks ended April 4, 2021, the Company reported net sales of $111.37 billion, an increase of 15.7 percent from $96.25 billion during the similar period last year.

Comparable sales were as follows:

5 Weeks 31 Weeks
U.S.13.9% 12.6%
Canada28.3% 17.0%
Other International16.4% 19.4%
Total Company16.0% 14.1%
E-commerce57.7% 77.0%

Comparable sales excluding the impacts from changes in gasoline prices and foreign exchange were as follows:

5 Weeks 31 Weeks
U.S.11.3% 13.7%
Canada13.0% 13.5%
Other International7.7% 15.7%
Total Company11.1% 13.9%
E-commerce54.5% 75.9%

This year’s five-week March retail month had one fewer shopping day versus last year, due to the calendar shift of Easter. This negatively impacted total and comparable sales by approximately one and one-half to two percent. Additional discussion of these results is available in a pre-recorded telephone message. It can be accessed by dialing 1-855-859-2056 (conference ID 3146223). This message will be available through 5:00 p.m. (PT) on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Costco currently operates 807 warehouses, including 559 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 104 in Canada, 39 in Mexico, 29 in the United Kingdom, 28 in Japan, 16 in Korea, 14 in Taiwan, 12 in Australia, three in Spain, and one each in Iceland, France, and China. Costco also operates e-commerce sites in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and Australia.

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