Costco sales top estimates by $1 billion, but misses on same-store sales
By Jeremy C. Owens
Costco stays on track for first $200 billion revenue year, but same-store sales rise just 10.8%, missing estimates
Costco (COST) reported third-quarter earnings of $1.35 billion, or $3.04 a share, on sales of $52.6 billion, up from profit of $2.75 a share on revenue of $45.28 billion a year ago. Analysts on average expected earnings of $3.04 a share on sales of $51.56 billion, according to FactSet.
Through nine months of its fiscal year, Costco has reaped sales of $151.97 billion, with analysts projecting annual revenue of $223.38 billion. Costco finished last year just short of the $200 billion mark, producing revenue of $195.93 billion.
The company's sales increase at stores open at least a year came up short of analysts' average estimate, however. Same-store sales increased 10.8%, while analysts on average were projecting 11.8%, according to FactSet.
Costco shares declined 2% in after-hours trading following the release of the results. The stock has declined 18.1% so far this year, while the S&P 500 index has fallen 16.5%.
-Jeremy C. Owens
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May 26, 2022 20:26 ET (00:26 GMT)
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