Costco net income up in Q2

Posted by Nicole Eckersley on 3rd March 2011

Costco recorded a rise in second-quarter net income as the US warehouse club’s results were boosted by strong sales and higher gas prices.

The chain said yesterday that net income rose 16% to reach US$348m for the quarter ended 13 February, while net sales rose 11.4% to $20.45bn.

Excluding the impact of inflation in gas prices and stronger foreign currencies, comparable sales were up 4% on a consolidated basis. Sales were up 3% in the US and 8% in its international division.

For the first half, Costco recorded a 12% increase in net sales to $42.46bn, with comparable sales up 5% excluding the impact of gas and foreign exchange rates. Net income rose 16.8% to $660m.

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