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COSTCO REPORTS SALES

 KIRKLAND, Wash., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: COST) today reported sales of $514 million for the four weeks ended Feb. 14, 1993, an increase of 15 percent from $448 million in the same four-week period of the prior fiscal year. On a comparable warehouse basis, that is warehouses open at least a year, sales increased 2 percent.
 For the second quarter, the 12 weeks ended Feb. 14, 1993, total sales were $1.796 billion, an increase of 16 percent from $1.543 billion in the second quarter of the prior fiscal year; and comparable sales increased 4 percent over the prior year's second quarter.
 During the first half of fiscal 1993, the 24 weeks ended Feb. 14, 1993, sales were $3.467 billion, an increase of 18 percent from the year-earlier 24


week period of $2.945 billion. Comparable sales during this 24 week period increased at a 4 percent annual rate.
 The Company ended its 1992 fiscal year on Aug. 30, 1992, with 89 warehouses in operation. Since that time 11 new warehouses have been opened, bringing to 100 the number of warehouses now in operation in 15 states and western Canada. Expansion plans for the second half of fiscal 1993 include the anticipated opening of eight to ten additional warehouse locations.
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 /CONTACT: Lucy Harms of Costco, 206-828-8100, Ext. 256/
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