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October 9, 1997 at 12:00 AM EDT

Costco Companies, Inc. Reports Recent Sales Results

ISSAQUAH, Wash., October 9 -- Costco Companies, Inc. (Nasdaq: COST) today reported net sales of $2.08 billion for the five weeks ended October 5, 1997, an increase of 12 percent from $1.86 billion in the same five-week period of the prior fiscal year. On a comparable warehouse basis, that is warehouses open at least a year, sales increased 8 percent.

The Company currently operates 264 warehouses, including 202 in the United States, 54 in Canada, seven in the United Kingdom, and one warehouse in Taiwan. Included in the 264 warehouse total are three recent openings in Atlanta, Georgia (Town Center), King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and Edinburgh, Scotland. The Company also recently opened a new warehouse in Monterrey, Mexico, and now operates 14 warehouses in Mexico with a joint venture partner. An additional five warehouse openings (including one relocation) are planned for the United States and Canada, prior to the Christmas holiday season.

CONTACTS: Costco Companies, Inc.
Richard Galanti, 425/313-8203
Bob Nelson, 425/313-8255