Costco Wholesale Corporation Reports March Sales Results

Costco Wholesale Corporation Reports March Sales Results 
ISSAQUAH, WA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/11/13 --  Costco Wholesale
Corporation ("Costco" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: COST) today reported
net sales of $9.67 billion for the month of March, the five weeks
ended April 7, 2013, an increase of seven percent from $9.07 billion
during the similar period last year.  
For the thirty-one weeks ended April 7, 2013, the Company reported
net sales of $61.02 billion, an increase of eight percent from $56.34
billion during the similar period last year. 
Comparable sales for the five-week and 31-week periods ended April 7,
2013, were as follows: 

                                            5 Weeks    31 Weeks 
                                          ----------  ----------
            U.S.                              5%          6%    
            International                     2%          6%    
            Total Company                     4%          6%    
                                          ==========  ==========

Changes in gasoline prices and foreign exchange rates had negative
impacts on comparable sales for the five-week period, but positive
impacts for the 31-week period. Excluding these effects, comparable
sales were as follows: 

                                            5 Weeks    31 Weeks 
                                          ----------  ----------
            U.S.                              6%          5%    
            International                     5%          5%    
            Total Company                     6%          5%    
                                          ==========  ==========

Additional discussion of these results is available in a pre-recorded
telephone message. The recording can be accessed by dialing
1-855-859-2056 (conference ID 73979128). This message will be
available today through 5:00 p.m. (PT) on Friday, April 12, 2013. 
Costco currently operates 626 warehouses, including 449 in the United
States and Puerto Rico, 85 in Canada, 33 in Mexico, 23 in the United
Kingdom, 15 in Japan, nine in Taiwan, nine in Korea and three in
Australia. The Company plans to open up to an additional ten new
warehouses prior to the end of its fiscal year on September 1, 2013.
Costco also operates electronic commerce web sites, at
(U.S.), (Canada), and (United
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
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