Costco Wholesale Corporation Reports January Sales Results

Costco Wholesale Corporation Reports January Sales Results 
ISSAQUAH, WA -- (Marketwired) -- 02/06/14 --  Costco Wholesale
Corporation ("Costco" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: COST) today reported
net sales of $7.99 billion for the month of January, the four weeks
ended February 2, 2014, an increase of six percent from $7.51 billion
during the similar four-week period last year.  
For the twenty-two weeks ended February 2, 2014, the Company reported
net sales of $46.32 billion, an increase of six percent from $43.77
billion during the similar period last year. 
Comparable sales for the four and twenty-two week periods were as

                                       4 Weeks   22 Weeks 
                                     ---------- ----------
                                         5%         4%    
                  International          1%         1%    
                  Total Company          4%         3%    
                                     ========== ==========

Comparable sales for these periods, excluding negative impacts from
gasoline price deflation and foreign exchange, were as follows: 

                                       4 Weeks   22 Weeks 
                                     ---------- ----------
                                         5%         5%    
                  International          8%         7%    
                  Total Company          6%         5%    
                                     ========== ==========

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 96615509). This message will be
available today through 5:00 p.m. (PT) on Friday, February 7, 2014. 
The Company plans to release its operating results for the second
quarter (12 weeks) of fiscal 2014 ending February 16, 2014, as well
as February sales results, on March 6, 2014. A conference call to
discuss these results is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. (PT) that day and
will be available via webcast on (click on Investor
Relations and "webcasts"). 
Costco currently operates 649 warehouses, including 462 in the United
States and Puerto Rico, 87 in Canada, 33 in Mexico, 25 in the United
Kingdom, 18 in Japan, 10 in Taiwan, nine in Korea and five in
Australia. Costco also operates electronic commerce web sites in the
U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and Mexico. 
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, breaches of
security or privacy of member or business information, conditions
affecting the acquisition, development, ownership or use of real
estate, amounts expected to be spent on expansion plans, 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
Costco Wholesale Corporation
Richard Galanti
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