Costco Wholesale Corporation ($COST) Q3 2023 Earnings Call Summary

Costco Wholesale Corporation ($COST) Q3 2023 Earnings Call Summary

Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago // May 26, 2023 3:21 a.m. UTC

Here is a summary of Costco Wholesale Corporation's Q3 2023 earnings call, which took place on May 25:

- Costco reported net income of $1.30 billion for Q3 2023, including a non-recurring charge of $298 million for discontinuing charter shipping activities.

- Net sales for the quarter increased 1.9% to $52.6 billion with a 0.3% comp sales increase, excluding gas deflation and FX.

- Membership fee income for the quarter was $1.44 billion, a $60 million or 6.1% increase compared to a year ago.

- Costco had a 1 basis point increase in operating margin compared to the same period last year, with gross margins up and SG&A expenses higher.

- Costco opened five new locations in the quarter, and nine more are planned for the fiscal fourth quarter.

- E-commerce sales declined by 9%, with big ticket discretionary departments making up 55% of those sales.

- Costco reported a 3.5% increase in sales, excluding gas and FX, for Q4, with weaker margins in fresh foods but stable overall sales.

- The company emphasizes a partnership approach with suppliers to manage pricing and promotions, and is focused on driving non-food business while also offering simple, impulse items in food and sundries.

- Costco's competitive advantage is offering the best quality goods at the lowest price compared to competitors' markups, and the company plans to continue opening new units and expanding its presence worldwide.

- The potential for deflation in food is not seen as a major concern, and the company believes it can drive business through price competitiveness.

This is an AI generated summary. There may be inaccuracies.

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