COSTCO RAMPS UP STORE EXPANSION

ISSAQUAH, Wash. -- Costco Wholesale Corp. here said last week it planned to ramp up expansion in 2006 with a target of up to 30 new warehouse clubs.After falling short of projections for new-store openings in fiscal 2005, which ended Aug. 28, by opening only 16 new locations, Costco told analysts it was optimistic about reaching its expansion goals for the current fiscal year."We're running on all

ISSAQUAH, Wash. -- Costco Wholesale Corp. here said last week it planned to ramp up expansion in 2006 with a target of up to 30 new warehouse clubs.

After falling short of projections for new-store openings in fiscal 2005, which ended Aug. 28, by opening only 16 new locations, Costco told analysts it was optimistic about reaching its expansion goals for the current fiscal year.

"We're running on all cylinders right now," said Richard Galanti, executive vice president and chief

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