COSTCO'S SALES BOOSTED BY STRIKE

ISSAQUAH, Wash. -- Costco Wholesale Corp. here said last week sales in California rose 9% for the first quarter ended Nov. 23, compared with a 5% increase in last year's fourth quarter -- a jump it said was helped by the Southern California supermarket strike.Sales for the 12-week quarter rose 14.4% to $10.5 billion, with comparable-store sales up 11%, and net income increasing 9.9% to $160.2 million.In

ISSAQUAH, Wash. -- Costco Wholesale Corp. here said last week sales in California rose 9% for the first quarter ended Nov. 23, compared with a 5% increase in last year's fourth quarter -- a jump it said was helped by the Southern California supermarket strike.

Sales for the 12-week quarter rose 14.4% to $10.5 billion, with comparable-store sales up 11%, and net income increasing 9.9% to $160.2 million.

In a conference call with financial analysts, Richard Galanti, executive vi

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