Costco news

05 January 2022
Building on its recent out-performance, Costco delivered its highest-ever sales growth for the month of December. Net sales up 16.2% As one of the first global retailers to report on its holiday performance, Costco’s results provide a great read on consumer sentiment, especially in North America, which accounts for over 86% of its sales. Sales in December increased 16.2% globally to $22.2bn,...
13 December 2021
Costco delivered an outstanding first quarter with total sales up 16.7%. We look at what’s behind this performance and some of the challenges it’s experiencing. Costco Q1 key numbers Total revenue up 16.6% to $50.3 bn Net sales up 16.7% to $49.4 bn Comparable sales (ex-fuel and currency impacts) up 9.8% Comparable sales up 9.9% in the US, 8.3% in Canada and 10.9% in other intern...
10 December 2021
Following the first store opening in Shanghai in 2019, the retailer has opened its second store in China this month. 70,000 pre-registered Costco members before the opening day The new store is in Suzhou, a city in Jiangsu province, about 100 km (62 miles) west of Shanghai. It is famous for its beautiful gardens and traditional architecture. Before the store opening on 7 December, the ...
08 October 2021
In view of the wholesale store boom in China . We take a look at how Costco has performed in the country since its high-profile market entry in 2019. First year sales reached CNY2 bn (US$310m) Costco opened its first China store in Shanghai in 2019. That store achieved sales revenue of CNY2 bn (US$310m) in the first year. Because of COVID-19 restrictions (e.g. social distancing and contr...
24 September 2021
We review Costco’s fourth quarter and full year results and the challenges it is seeing with higher costs, shipping capacity and labour shortages. Fourth quarter and full year key numbers Q4 total revenue up 14.8% to $62.7bn, with full year revenue up 17.5% to $196.0bn Comparable sales for the quarter (ex-fuel and currency impacts) up 9.4%, including up 10.3% in the US, 6.7% in Canada...
22 September 2021
The country is seeing a wholesale store boom. Yonghui opened its first wholesale store in May 2021, it now has 45 such stores. Local retailers are rushing into the wholesale sector, encouraged by Yonghui’s good results Yonghui opened its first wholesale store in May 2021 by upgrading one of its Bravo YH supermarkets in Fuzhou. Within four months, it has upgraded 45 selected stores into wh...
14 July 2021
In its latest accounts filed with Companies House for the year to 30 August 2020, Costco UK has recorded total sales up 15.7% to £3,130m across its combined warehouse and online operations. The core warehouse business, operating from 29 sites across the UK, saw its sales rise 14.5%, all but reaching £3bn for the first time. ‘Food & sundries’ were the key drivers With shoppers focused on sho...
06 July 2021
North America’s grocery retailers* added over $100bn in sales last year as the pandemic caused a surge in demand and a shift from out-of-home to at-home dining. We compare this to previous years and identify some of the key winners in 2020. More growth than the previous three years combined Combined sales of over 40 of the region’s largest retailers increased by $103.6bn last year. This i...
06 July 2021
Having seen a surge in demand for online grocery retail over the past year, we have remodelled how we expect the channel to grow in Australia over the coming years, predicting that online grocery will achieve a market share of 9.9% by 2026, up from an estimated 5.0% by the end of FY21. COVID-19 has accelerated online grocery by three years in Australia Woolworths and Coles currently control...
28 May 2021
Despite facing tough comparables from last year, Costco’s third quarter revenue increased over 20%. We look at what continues to drive an outstanding performance from the leading warehouse club operator. Costco Q3 key numbers Total revenue up 21.5% to $45.3bn Net sales up 21.7% to $44.4bn Comparable sales (ex-fuel and currency impacts) up 15.1% Comparable sales up 15.2% in the U...