Costco Wholesale Corporation Reports July Sales Results

Wed Aug 1, 2012 3:01am EDT

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  ISSAQUAH, WA, Aug 01 (Marketwire) -- 
Costco Wholesale Corporation ("Costco" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: COST)
today reported net sales of $7.25 billion for the month of July, the four
weeks ended July 29, 2012, an increase of eight percent from $6.74
billion during the similar period last year. 

    For the forty-eight weeks ended July 29, 2012, the Company reported net
sales of $87.71 billion, an increase of nine percent from $80.18 billion
during the similar period last year.

    Comparable sales for these periods were as follows:

                                        4 Weeks    48 Weeks
                                       ---------  ---------

               U.S.                        7%         7%
               International               0%         6%

               Total Company               5%         7%
                                       =========  =========

Deflation in gasoline prices had a negative impact on comparable
sales for the four-week period, while inflation in gasoline prices had a
positive impact for the forty-eight week period; foreign currencies had a
negative impact for both periods. Excluding these effects, comparable
sales for these periods were as follows:

                                        4 Weeks    48 Weeks
                                       ---------  ---------

               U.S.                        8%         6%
               International               7%         9%

               Total Company               7%         6%
                                       =========  =========

Additional discussion of these sales results is available in a
pre-recorded telephone message. You can access the recording by dialing
1-855-859-2056 (conference ID 28779893). This message will be available
today through 5:00 p.m. (PT) on Friday, August 3, 2012.

    Costco currently operates 605 warehouses, including 438 in the United
States and Puerto Rico, 82 in Canada, 32 in Mexico, 22 in the United
Kingdom, 13 in Japan, eight in Taiwan, seven in Korea and three in
Australia. The Company also operates Costco Online, an electronic
commerce web site, at and at in Canada. The
Company plans to open up to an additional three new warehouses prior to
the end of its fiscal year on September 2, 2012.

    Certain statements contained in this document and the pre-recorded
telephone message constitute forward-looking statements within the
meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. For
these purposes, forward-looking statements are statements that address
activities, events, conditions or developments that the Company expects
or anticipates may occur in the future. Such forward-looking statements
involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual events, results or
performance to differ materially from those indicated by such statements.
These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, domestic
and international economic conditions, including exchange rates, the
effects of competition and regulation, uncertainties in the financial
markets, consumer and small business spending patterns and debt levels,
conditions affecting the acquisition, development, ownership or use of
real estate, actions of vendors, rising costs associated with employees
(including health care costs), energy, and certain commodities,
geopolitical conditions and other risks identified from time to time in
the Company's public statements and reports filed with the Securities and
Exchange Commission.


Costco Wholesale Corporation
Richard Galanti, 425/313-8203
Bob Nelson, 425/313-8255
Jeff Elliott, 425/313-8264 

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