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May 7, 2009 at 3:02 AM EDT

Costco Wholesale Corporation Reports April Sales Results

ISSAQUAH, WA, May 07, 2009 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Costco Wholesale Corporation ("Costco") (NASDAQ: COST) today reported net sales of $5.18 billion for the month of April, the four weeks ended May 3, 2009, a decrease of six percent from $5.54 billion in the same four-week period last year. This year's four-week period included 27 days of sales compared to 28 last year, reflecting the timing of Easter. This calendar shift is estimated to have negatively impacted this year's total and comparable sales by approximately two to three percent.

For the first thirty-five weeks of its reporting period ended May 3, 2009, the Company reported net sales of $46.66 billion, compared to $46.88 billion during the similar thirty-five-week period last year.

Comparable sales for the four-week retail-reporting month of April and the thirty-five-week retail-reporting period of September through April, both ended May 3, 2009, were as follows:

                                          4 Weeks         35 Weeks
                                          --------        --------
                U.S.                        -7%             -1%
                International              -12%            -10%
                Total                       -8%             -3%
                                          ========        ========

Comparable sales for the four-week and thirty-five week periods, excluding the negative impacts from gasoline deflation and foreign exchange (primarily in Canada, the United Kingdom and Korea), but not giving consideration for the negative impact of the Easter calendar shift, were as follows:

                                          4 Weeks         35 Weeks
                                          --------        --------
                U.S. (w/o gas deflation)    -2%             +2%
                International (w/o Fx)      +7%             +8%
                Total                        0%             +4%
                                          ========        ========

Additional discussion of these sales results is available on a pre-recorded telephone message. You can access the recording by dialing 1-800-642-1687 (conference ID 75873136). This recorded message will be available today through 5:00 p.m. (PT) on Friday, May 8, 2009.

The Company plans to release its third quarter fiscal year 2009 operating results, for the twelve weeks ending May 10, 2009, on Thursday, May 28, 2009. A conference call to discuss these third quarter results is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. (PT) on May 28 and will be available via a webcast on (click on Investor Relations and "Webcasts").

Costco currently operates 554 warehouses, including 407 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 76 in Canada, 21 in the United Kingdom, six in Korea, five in Taiwan, eight in Japan and 31 in Mexico. The Company also operates Costco Online, an electronic commerce web site, at and at in Canada. The Company plans to open an additional seven new warehouses and close its two Costco Home locations prior to the end of its 2009 fiscal year, on August 30, 2009.

Certain statements contained in this document and the pre-recorded telephone message constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. For these purposes, forward-looking statements are statements that address activities, events, conditions or developments that the Company expects or anticipates may occur in the future. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual events, results or performance to differ materially from those indicated by such statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, domestic and international economic conditions including exchange rates, the effects of competition and regulation, uncertainties in the financial markets, consumer and small business spending patterns and debt levels, conditions affecting the acquisition, development, ownership or use of real estate, actions of vendors, rising costs associated with employees (including health care and workers' compensation costs), rising costs associated with the acquisition of merchandise (including the direct and indirect effects of the rising cost of petroleum-based products and fuel and energy costs), geopolitical conditions and other risks identified from time to time in the Company's public statements and reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Costco Wholesale Corporation
Richard Galanti, 425/313-8203
Jeff Elliott, 425/313-8264

SOURCE: Costco