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Costco Q3 profit up, sales down


Issaquah, Wash. – Costco Wholesale Corp. reported rising profit in the third quarter of fiscal 2015. But a surging dollar and low gas prices resulted in sluggish sales growth and an unusual same-store sales decline, the company’s first quarterly drop since 2009.

Net income increased 9% to $516 million from $473 million, aided by relatively flat operating expenses.

Total revenue for the quarter, ended May 10, increased 1% to $26.1 million, below Wall Street expectations, from $25.8 million last year.

Same-store sales dropped 1%.

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