Costco Posts Impressive Sales Performance in September

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Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) has been executing effective growth strategies, managing prices efficiently, and maintaining strong membership trends, which have collectively contributed to its consistent sales performance. Notably, the company continued to demonstrate robust sales in September.

September Marks Stellar Sales Performance

In the retail month of September, Costco’s net sales surged by 6% to reach $22.75 billion, compared to $21.46 billion in the previous year. This impressive growth follows a 5% increase recorded in August.

Comparable sales for the five-week period ending on October 1, 2023, increased by 4.5%, building on the 3.4% growth observed in August. September’s comparable sales exhibited significant improvements of 3.2%, 6.7%, and 10% in the United States, Canada, and other international locations, respectively.

Excluding the impact of fluctuations in gasoline prices and foreign exchange rates, comparable sales for the same period saw a solid increase of 3.7%. This growth was underpinned by improvements of 2.7%, 8%, and 4.9% in the United States, Canada, and other international locations, respectively.

It’s worth noting that Costco’s comparable e-commerce sales showed a year-over-year increase of 3.7%. Excluding the impact of gasoline prices and foreign exchange, this metric rose by 3.5% year over year.

Membership Model: A Key to Retail Success

Costco’s dominance in the warehouse retail sector is attributed to the breadth and quality of its product offerings. The company’s unique membership-based business model and pricing strategy distinguish it from conventional retailers. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023, membership fees surged by 13.7% to reach $1,509 million.

By employing a strategic approach that involves identifying underserved markets and tailoring its offerings to match customer preferences, Costco has succeeded in deepening its market presence. The company has been steadily expanding its footprint by opening new club locations both domestically and internationally. Additionally, Costco operates e-commerce platforms in the United States, Canada, the U.K., Mexico, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and Australia.

We believe that a favorable product mix, membership growth, pricing strength, and robust liquidity position Costco well for continued success. Over the past six months, shares of Costco have risen by 17.7%, outperforming the Retail – Discount Stores industry, which experienced a 3% decline during the same period.

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