Costco achieved a profit of $239.7 million ($0.55 per share),for the quarter ended February 15, down about $90 million from$327.9 million ($0.74 per share) a year earlier. Analysts' averageexpectation was for earnings of approximately $0.60 per share,which was reduced last month after Costco warned that its resultswould be "substantially below" $0.70 cents a share as a result ofits price reduction.

Costco's quarterly sales fell 1% to $16.49 billion whilemembership fees gained 4% to $355.6 million. Sales at clubs open atleast a year, a key retail gauge known as same-store sales, fell3%. Peering into its third fiscal quarter, Costco also said Tuesdaythat its same-store sales in February also were down by 3%, 30basis points more than analysts had expected. Other major USretailers also are expected to report February sales this week;excluding Walmart, the industry average is expected to be a 4.8%drop.

"Both total sales and comp sales were significantly impacted byboth gasoline price deflation and by the strengthening in the USdollar," Costco EVP/CFO Richard Galanti told analysts Wednesday,explaining that overall quarterly sales actually rose 4% exceptinggas sales and same-store sales rose 5% excepting gas sales as wellas the cost of exchanging international dollars into US dollars.Looking just at February, Galanti said the overall comp is -3% butis +5% excluding gas sales.

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