Seattle's Costco forecasts sustained demand for high profit-margin items



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Seattle's Costco forecasts sustained demand for high profit-margin items

Costco Wholesale Corp., the Seattle, Washington-headquartered membership-only retailer had beaten Wall Street estimates for quarterly revenues later this week, while the big-box retail chain was also quoted saying that it had been anticipating a sustained demand-surge for high profit-margin items including jewellery and home decorations as pandemic restriction eased.

In point of fact, latest blockbuster quarterly earnings’ report from Costco had largely mirrored the earnings of several US retailers which had benefitted from an ease of pandemic-led restrictions alongside massive Government stimulus, as more Americans resumed in-store shopping following an acceleration in inoculation drive with more than half of entire US populations receiving at least one shot of vaccine against the pandemic-pathogen.

Costco sees sustained demand over coming months

Aside from that, the Seattle-based membership only retailer had said that the company had been witnessing a gradual return of customers at its food courts, while the big-box retailer had forecasted a persistence growth at its non-food businesses alongside travel division that offers hotel rooms and cruise tickets at discounts for its customers.

Nonetheless, the retailer had addressed a still-inflaming supply delays, chip shortage and higher freight costs, largely stemming from the pandemic’s fiscal consequences alongside a sweeping labour shortage. According to Costco’s quarterly earnings’ report for fiscal Q3, 2021 that ended on May 3, the retailers’ sales jumped 15.1 per cent compared to the same time a year earlier, beating an analysts’ estimate of an increase of 11.46 per cent, while the company’s net income surged to $1.22 billion or $2.75 a share, up from a net income of $838 million or $1.89 per share on a year-on-year basis.

Meanwhile, referring to a raft of inflationary pressures, Costco Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti said in a post-earnings conference call with the reporters, “There have been and are a variety of inflationary pressures that we and others are seeing.

Inflationary factors abound. Costco’s total revenues, in tandem, surged 21.5 per cent to $45.28 billion compared to an estimate of $43.64 billion, however, shares’ prices of the big-box store retailer had witnessed a 1.57 per cent weekly decline to $378.27 per share after falling as much as 2.4 per cent on Friday, as investors remained uncertain about a growing inflationary pressure alongside supply delays which could curb out the retail-chain’s sales of big profit-margin items, suggested analysts.