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Costco Wholesale Corp (COST) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

Costco Wholesale Corp (COST) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review provides you an in-depth strategic SWOT analysis of the company’s businesses and operations. The profile has been compiled by the analyst to bring to you a clear and an unbiased view of the company’s key strengths and weaknesses and the potential opportunities and threats. The profile helps you formulate strategies that augment your business by enabling you to understand your partners, customers and competitors better.

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  • Business description - A detailed description of the company’s operations and business divisions.
  • Corporate strategy - Analyst’s summarization of the company’s business strategy.
  • SWOT Analysis - A detailed analysis of the company’s strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats.
  • Company history - Progression of key events associated with the company.
  • Major products and services - A list of major products, services and brands of the company.
  • Key competitors - A list of key competitors to the company.
  • Key employees - A list of the key executives of the company.
  • Executive biographies - A brief summary of the executives’ employment history.
  • Key operational heads - A list of personnel heading key departments/functions.
  • Important locations and subsidiaries - A list and contact details of key locations and subsidiaries of the company.
  • Detailed financial ratios for the past five years - The latest financial ratios derived from the annual financial statements published by the company with 5 years history.
  • Interim ratios for the last five interim periods - The latest financial ratios derived from the quarterly/semi-annual financial statements published by the company for 5 interims history.


Costco Wholesale Corp (Costco) owns and operates a chain of membership warehouses. These warehouses offer various products such as groceries, candy, appliances, tires, toys, hardware, automotive supplies, sporting goods, jewelry, watches, gardens and patios. It also provides baby products, tickets, health and beauty aids, housewares, apparel, furniture, office supplies, domestics, postage, produce, meat, deli, seafood, and bakery products. It also owns and operates various self-service gas stations. The company also manages pharmacies, optical dispensing centers, food courts, gas stations, and hearing-aid centers and provides tire installation services. It operates membership warehouses in Canada, the US, Puerto Rico, the UK, South Korea, Mexico, Japan, Spain, France, Taiwan, Australia, Iceland, and China. Costco is headquartered in Issaquah, Washington, the US.

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Table of Contents

Section 1 - About the Company
  • Costco Wholesale Corp - Key Facts
  • Costco Wholesale Corp - Key Employees
  • Costco Wholesale Corp - Key Employee Biographies
  • Costco Wholesale Corp - Major Products and Services
  • Costco Wholesale Corp - History
  • Costco Wholesale Corp - Company Statement
  • Costco Wholesale Corp - Locations And Subsidiaries
  • Head Office
  • Other Locations & Subsidiaries
Section 2 - Company Analysis
  • Company Overview
  • Costco Wholesale Corp - Business Description
  • Product Category: Foods and Sundries
  • Overview
  • Performance
  • Product Category: Fresh Foods
  • Overview
  • Performance
  • Product Category: Membership Fees
  • Performance
  • Product Category: Non-Foods
  • Overview
  • Performance
  • Product Category: Warehouse Ancillary and Other Businesses
  • Overview
  • Performance
  • Geographical Segment: Canada
  • Performance
  • Key Stats
  • Geographical Segment: Other International
  • Performance
  • Key Stats
  • Geographical Segment: United States
  • Performance
  • Key Stats
  • Costco Wholesale Corp - Corporate Strategy
  • Costco Wholesale Corp - SWOT Analysis
  • SWOT Analysis - Overview
  • Costco Wholesale Corp - Strengths
  • Costco Wholesale Corp - Weaknesses
  • Costco Wholesale Corp - Opportunities
  • Costco Wholesale Corp - Threats
  • Costco Wholesale Corp - Key Competitors
Section 3 - Company Financial Ratios
  • Financial Ratios - Capital Market Ratios
  • Financial Ratios - Annual Ratios
  • Performance Chart
  • Financial Performance
  • Financial Ratios - Interim Ratios
  • Financial Ratios - Ratio Charts
  • Costco Wholesale Corp, Recent Deals Summary
Section 4 - Appendix
  • Methodology
  • Ratio Definitions
  • About the Analyst
  • Contact the Publisher
  • Disclaimer
List of Tables
  • Costco Wholesale Corp, Key Facts
  • Costco Wholesale Corp, Key Employees
  • Costco Wholesale Corp, Key Employee Biographies
  • Costco Wholesale Corp, Major Products and Services
  • Costco Wholesale Corp, History
  • Costco Wholesale Corp, Subsidiaries
  • Costco Wholesale Corp, Key Competitors
  • Costco Wholesale Corp, Ratios based on current share price
  • Costco Wholesale Corp, Annual Ratios
  • Costco Wholesale Corp, Interim Ratios
  • Costco Wholesale Corp, Recent Deals Summary
  • Currency Codes
  • Capital Market Ratios
  • Equity Ratios
  • Profitability Ratios
  • Cost Ratios
  • Liquidity Ratios
  • Leverage Ratios
  • Efficiency Ratios
List of Figures
  • Costco Wholesale Corp, Performance Chart (2019 - 2023)
  • Costco Wholesale Corp, Ratio Charts

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  • Target Corp
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