- Costco shares jumped early Friday after the company reported second-quarter profits that topped Wall Street’s expectations.
- The wholesale retailer also announced plans to raise its minimum wage.
- Watch Costco trade in real-time.
Shares of the wholesale retailer Costco jumped 4% early Friday after the company reported second-quarter profits that topped Wall Street’s expectations, though sales fell short of estimates.
Here’s what Costco reported, along compared with what analysts surveyed by Bloomberg were expecting:
- Adjusted earnings per share (EPS): $US2.01 versus $US1.69 expected.
- Revenue: $US35.4 billion versus $US35.7 billion expected.
Costco’s quarterly results show its e-commerce sales are far outpacing other segments of its business. The company’s adjusted comparable sales for the second-quarter (the 12 weeks ending February 17) surged 25.5% across e-commerce. In-store sales rose by 7.2%, 6%, and 4.8% across US, Canada, “other international” markets, respectively.
The company also said on its quarterly earnings call that it would raise its minimum wages from $US14 and $US14.50 up to $US15 and $US15.50, respectively. Costco’s decision comes as the US experiences an increasingly tight labour market. The Bureau of Labour Statistics on Friday morning said the national unemployment rate fell to 3.8%.
Costco was up 11% this year, but is still 12% below its record high of $US245.16 set last September.
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