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Costco

Costco
Company nameCostco Wholesale Corporation
Company typePublic company S&P 500 Component
IndustryRetailing (Warehouse club)
Founded1983 (Kirkland, Washington)
Founder(s)James D. Sinegal
Jeffrey H. Brotman
HeadquartersIssaquah, Washington, U.S.
No. of locations584 (2011)
United States (422)
Canada (81)
Mexico (32)
United Kingdom (22)
Japan (9)
Korea (7)
Taiwan (6)
Puerto Rico (4)
Australia (3)
Area servedWorldwide
Key peopleJames Sinegal, Founder & CEO
Jeffrey Brotman, Founder & Chairman
W. Craig Jelinek, President/COO
Richard Galanti, EVP & CFO
Paul Moulton, EVP
Joseph Portera, EVP
Douglas Schutt, EVP
Thomas Walker, EVP
Dennis Zook, EVP
ProductsMerchandise
Private label brands Kirkland Signature
Revenue(+) US$71.422 billion (2009)
Operating income(+) US$1.777 billion (2009)
Net income(+) US$1.086 billion (2009)
Employees147,000 (2009)

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Costco Wholesale Corporation (Nasdaq - COST) is the largest membership warehouse club chain in the United States. it is the third largest retailer in the United States, where it originated, and the ninth largest in the world. , Costco is the largest retailer of fine wine in the world.


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