COSTCO SALES, PROFIT RISE IN THIRD QUARTER, 36 WEEKS

ISSAQUAH, Wash. -- Costco Wholesale Corp. here said sales and earnings rose for the third quarter and 36 weeks ended May 7.come rose 13.7% to $120.3 million for the quarter and 76.7% to $431.3 million for the first three quarters. The quarter's results were slightly below analysis estimates, including the effect of a one-time noncash after-tax accounting charge of $118 million taken in last year's

ISSAQUAH, Wash. -- Costco Wholesale Corp. here said sales and earnings rose for the third quarter and 36 weeks ended May 7.

come rose 13.7% to $120.3 million for the quarter and 76.7% to $431.3 million for the first three quarters. The quarter's results were slightly below analysis estimates, including the effect of a one-time noncash after-tax accounting charge of $118 million taken in last year's first quarter.

The company also said that for the fourth quarter, ending Sept.

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