Costco Wholesale Corporation Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend

Costco Wholesale Corporation Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend 
ISSAQUAH, WA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/30/13 --  Costco Wholesale
Corporation ("Costco" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: COST) today
announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash
dividend on Costco common stock and approved an increase from $.275
to $.31 per share, or from $1.10 to $1.24 per share on an annualized
basis. The quarterly dividend is payable May 31, 2013, to
shareholders of record at the close of business on May 17, 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 www.costco.com
(U.S.), www.costco.ca (Canada), and www.costco.co.uk (United
Kingdom).  
Certain statements contained in this document 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.  
CONTACTS:
Costco Wholesale Corporation 
Richard Galanti
425/313-8203 
Bob Nelson
425/313-8255 
Jeff Elliott
425/313-8264