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Costco profile

A guide to the retailer and its operations today. Updated quarterly to include latest information on performance, strategic developments, marketing initiatives, key personnel and must see stores.

Costco: data

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Strategic outlook for Costco

As one of the major success stories of 2020, we review the strategic priorities for Costco and the opportunities for suppliers to engage further with one of the world's largest retailers.

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This in-depth guide to the USA explores the key trends in grocery retail and the growth strategies of the leading retailers in the country.

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Following much speculation, Costco is reported to be entering Sweden in autumn 2022. The leading retailer, which reported revenue growth of 9.1% to $166.2bn in 2020, is due to open its first store north of Stockholm in Täby.

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We review Costco’s second quarter results as it starts to lap last year's surge in demand driven by the Covid-19 pandemic. Key numbers Q2: Net sales increased 14.7% to $43.9bn Comparable store sales (ex-fuel and currency impacts) increased 12.9% across the company, and by 12.6% in the US, 10.6% in Canada and 17.7% in other international markets Ecommerce sales increased 74.8% Op...
Half year results season in Australia is out of the way, with both Woolworths and Coles having released their HY performance reports over the last two weeks. As the attention swings towards H2 and the rest of 2021, we believe that there are five major trends that will shape the Australian grocery market as we cycle out of the pandemic... 1. Acceleration of online grocery Over the past few y...
Following a relative reluctance to develop its ecommerce business to include a store pickup service, Costco is testing a curbside model at stores in New Mexico, USA. Optimising its partnership with Instacart Although Costco has operated an online non-food business for several years, it wasn’t until 2017 that it started to offer a grocery-focused service. Launching three and a half years ago...

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