Costco news

28 May 2021
Despite facing tough comparables from last year, Costco’s third quarter revenue increased over 20%. We look at what continues to drive an outstanding performance from the leading warehouse club operator. Costco Q3 key numbers Total revenue up 21.5% to $45.3bn Net sales up 21.7% to $44.4bn Comparable sales (ex-fuel and currency impacts) up 15.1% Comparable sales up 15.2% in the U...
23 March 2021
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. 13,000 sq. m premises secured in growing location Trophi , ‘the Nordic region’s leading real estate company in the grocery trade’ has confirmed a contract for ...
05 March 2021
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...
26 February 2021
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...
20 January 2021
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...
11 December 2020
We review Costco’s first quarter results and how the underlying strength of its proposition is driving up traffic and basket size. First quarter key numbers Net sales increased 16.9% to $42.4bn Comparable stores sales (ex-fuel and currency impacts) increased 17.1%, with US up 17.0%, Canada up 16.8% and other international up 17.7% Ecommerce comparable sales were up 86.2% Net inc...
25 September 2020
We review Costco’s fourth quarter and full year sales, including the outlook for the holiday season, ecommerce development and further expansion. Key numbers Q4 net sales increased 12.5% to $52.3bn Comparable store sales increased 14.1%, ex-fuel and currency impacts; 13.6% in the US, 12.6% in Canada and 18.8% in other international markets Comparable ecommerce sales increased 91.3%...
04 September 2020
Accounts filed by warehouse club operator, Costco UK, for 2018/19 show its sales increased by 2.9% to reach £2,618m over the 12 months.  Operating profit rose by 32.4% to £19.2m, with operating margin up to 0.7%. Currently operating 29 warehouses Costco added one further warehouse in the course of the year, at Stevenage, bringing its UK total to 29.  As with other new sites, Stevenage inclu...
30 July 2020
Building on an earlier pilot, Costco Canada and Instacart are partnering for a national same-day grocery delivery programme. On-demand delivery Same-day delivery will be offered from 76 of Costco Canada’s 101 outlets. The national roll-out follows on from a two-month pilot in Ontario. Although Costco Canada has offered a non-food, home delivery ecommerce proposition for several years, this ...
10 July 2020
Costco's sales continue to improve, with net sales in June up 11.1% to $16.18bn. This reflects the shift towards one big shop and Costco's strength in this area. Strong growth across its markets The performance in June builds on the progress made in May, when net sales increased 7.5% to $12.6bn. During the month of June, sales were up in all regions, with the US growing by 11%, Canada up 8....