Costco news

19 June 2018
Costco Japan has announced plans to launch an online store next year. New online store in 2019 Costco's new ecommerce service will aim to capitalise on growing popularity of online shopping in Japan. It will be particularly relevant to those looking to purchase in bulk, taking advantage of home delivery for heavy but essential items such as water and rice. Full details of the service suc...
04 June 2018
We review Costco’s third quarter results, including its plan to invest in higher starting wages. Strengthening performance across the business Costco’s third quarter revenue increased by 12.1% to $32.4bn, with net income up 7.1% to $750m. Comparable store sales, excluding fuel and currency impacts, increased by 10.2%. This was almost twice as strong as its performance in Q2. The retailer’s ...
30 May 2018
Costco UK has filed its latest accounts with Companies House revealing turnover (including its online sales) for the 53 weeks to 3 September up 14.7% to £2,382m, representing 52-week pro rata growth of 12.6%. The business currently operates 28 warehouses, with the target of growing that number to 35 to 40 in the longer term. With its ongoing focus on offering the lowest possible prices, gross ...
11 May 2018
Costco is turning to China as its next destination to establish a physical presence. First store in China next year Costco has been trading on Alibaba's marketplace Tmall since 2014, selling for example, branded healthcare and personal care items. The American wholesaler has now signed an agreement with Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao Group to set up its Chinese headquarters in Shanghai’s Pudong d...
11 May 2018
Patrick Noone, Managing Director of Costco Australia, has provided an insight into what the retailer has planned for its private label strategy, future expansion and online operations. Growing focus on Australian made private label Costco this week launched a new Kirkland Signature toilet paper, which is made in South Australia and in the future plans to look at how it sources and sells all...
07 May 2018
Costco is partnering with Blue Apron to offer a range of meal kits at its clubs in the Pacific Northwest and San Francisco Bay area. New range of meals developed for Costco This is the first time that Blue Apron is making its meal kits available in retail stores, having built its business on a subscription-based model. The company is providing Costco with a range of specific meals which rot...
08 March 2018
We review Costco’s second quarter results and the impact of its ecommerce programs. Ecommerce sales up 27.3% Costco delivered a solid second quarter performance, with total revenue up 10.8% to $33.0bn. Net income over the period increased by 36.1% to $701m. Comparable store sales increased by 5.4%, led by its international markets. Ecommerce sales continue to grow at a rapid pace, up 27.3% ...
27 February 2018
Costco has revealed that it will be opening a first outlet in Perth, Western Australia, with the store to open by 2020. West coast competition to heat up further The new 14,000 sq m store will open close to Perth Airport, with Western Australia being the sixth state that the retailer will enter in the market. The move comes just a few years since Aldi entered Western Australia and continues...
15 December 2017
We review Costco’s first quarter performance, including delivering ecommerce sales growth of over 40%. Results boosted by timing of key holiday trade Costco’s first quarter revenue increased by 13.2% to $31.8bn, with comparable store sales, excluding fuel and currency impacts up 7.9%. This included comparable store sales growth of 8.7% in the US, 4.3% in Canada and 8.2% across its other int...
06 October 2017
We review Costco’s fourth quarter and full year performance, and its launch of two new grocery delivery services. Our view: success through uniformity Both the Q4 and FY results reflect the enduring strength of the Costco business model. During a time when other retailers are focusing on shrinking their store formats, localising their offers and driving more personalisation, Costco can delive...