COSTCO HOPES TO RETAIN HALF OF STRIKE GAINS

ISSAQUAH, Wash. -- Costco Wholesale Corp. here predicted that it could retain about half of the incremental business it picked up in Southern California during the recently ended supermarket strike-lockout.In a conference call with analysts discussing Costco's second-quarter results, Richard Galanti, chief financial officer, said the warehouse-club operator estimates that in Southern California, where

ISSAQUAH, Wash. -- Costco Wholesale Corp. here predicted that it could retain about half of the incremental business it picked up in Southern California during the recently ended supermarket strike-lockout.

In a conference call with analysts discussing Costco's second-quarter results, Richard Galanti, chief financial officer, said the warehouse-club operator estimates that in Southern California, where Costco operates about 10% of its stores, the company saw an increase in comparable-

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