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Costco U.S. comps rise 2% in August

BY Gina Acosta

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Costco reported a 2% increase in same store sales for August and net sales of $8.9 billion.

The comp increase excludes the impact of foreign currency fluctuations and deflation in gasoline prices. The company recorded comps growth of 2% and 4% across its U.S. and Canadian locations, respectively, while it had flat comps at other international outlets.

For the 16-week fourth quarter, the company reported net sales of $35.7 billion, an increase of 2% from $35 billion in the fourth quarter last year, which ended Aug. 30, 2015.

For the 52-week fiscal year ended Aug. 28, 2016, the company reported net sales of $116.1 billion, an increase of 2% from the $113.7 billion reported last year. 

 

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Halcraft USA leverages boho jewelry trend

BY Gina Acosta

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. — As artisan-style jewelry increases in popularity, especially among younger consumers, Halcraft USA is offering a new collection of on-trend and value-priced bracelet displays.

The Halcraft Collection is a line of bracelet designs that are colorful and inspiring, make a great gift, are made with a variety of materials, including high quality natural and semi-precious stone as well as glass and silver plated metals, and suit a number of personal styles. They also offer a number of price points, ranging from $.99 to $7.99.

The Halcraft Collection was started by Cliff Wallach and Josh Wallach, brothers and co-owners of Halcraft USA.

Learn more about Halcraft USA by clicking here.

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DSNTV: Jennifer Zilka, VP, Business Coaching and Pharmacy Ownership, Good Neighbor Pharmacy

BY Rob Eder

Zilka talked to DSN about the work of the company’s business coaching and pharmacy ownership teams, how the two are interconnected, and how they are helping Good Neighbor Pharmacy owners manage and grow their businesses — both at the pharmacy, as well as the often over-looked front-end of the store — and how they are “helping independent pharmacy stay independent” by matching the right buyers and sellers.

“My teams are both an investment in the independent pharmacy owner — our sole goal is to help them be more successful,” Zilka told DSN. “We’re not selling them anything. By helping to keep them in the community, continuing a legacy, maximizing the value of the business, we really get behind the counter and become one of them. It’s rare that they don’t think of us as an extension of their own staff.”

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