Costco Wholesale Corp. Financial Statement Analysis (A)
A financial statement, ratio analysis involving a high-growth retail company. An individual shareholder in the Costco Wholesale Corp. is trying to evaluate the operational performance of the business she has invested in over the last five years. She seeks to answer two questions: Has Costco become more or less efficient over this time period? And how has it financed its growth? She organizes her analysis into three parts: common-size financial statements, sustainable growth modeling, and benchmarking ratios particular to retail companies. Provides information on developments in mass merchandising in the United States, with an emphasis on discounter retailing over the last 40 years. Costco's performance set in historical context provides the relative background information necessary to make a comparative evaluation between Costco and other industry participants.