Costco Records Solid Comparable Sales Growth in January

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Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST), headquartered in Issaquah, WA, has been seeing positive results thanks to its effective growth strategies, improved price management, and steady membership trends. These factors have contributed to the company’s overall performance, resulting in noteworthy sales figures, particularly in comparable sales for the month of January.

Analyzing Comparable Sales

In January, Costco’s comparable sales for the five-week period ending February 4, 2024, increased by 2.7%. This growth follows previous increases of 8.5% in December and 3.5% in November. Notably, comparable sales for January show improvements of 1.6%, 6.2%, and 5.1% in the United States, Canada, and Other International locations, respectively.

When excluding the impacts of gasoline prices and foreign exchange, comparable sales for January rose by 3.4%, reflecting improvements of 2.2%, 6.6%, and 6.3% in the United States, Canada, and Other International locations, respectively.

It’s worth mentioning that Costco’s comparable e-commerce sales surged by 21% year over year, or 20.9% when excluding the impact of gasoline prices and foreign exchange.

Net sales for January totaled $22.08 billion, marking a 4.5% increase compared to $21.13 billion from the previous year. This follows increases of 9.9% and 5.1% in December and November, respectively.

Growing Membership Base

Costco remains a dominant player in the warehouse retail sector, known for its wide range of quality merchandise. Its unique membership model and pricing strategy set it apart from traditional retailers. Membership fees saw an 8.2% increase to $1,082 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2024, with the company boasting 72 million paid household members by the quarter’s end.


Through strategic market identification and catering to customer preferences, Costco has successfully expanded its presence. The company continues to grow by opening new clubs both domestically and internationally. Additionally, Costco operates e-commerce platforms in several countries including the United States, Canada, the U.K., Mexico, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and Australia.

With a favorable product mix, steady membership growth, pricing flexibility, and strong financial position, Costco is poised for continued success. Shares of the company have seen a 28.8% increase over the past six months, outpacing the broader Retail – Discount Stores industry’s rise of 19%.

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