Costco Defies the Odds

Costco has one thing in common with Amazon, it is a very cash rich company. On February 28, 2017 it reported $4.976 billion in cash from operations, $2.384 billion in in net income and $5.965 billion in cash and short-term investments. This was in spite of a free cash flow of -$23 million and a profit margin of 1.73%.

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Amazon and Other Threats to Costco

Walmart would like to be more like Costco for one simple reason: cash. Costco is a very cash-rich company, it reported a net income of $2.41 billion on November 30, 2016.

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