Costco Wholesale Corporation is a membership-only warehouse club that provides a wide selection of merchandise. As of July 2012, it is the second largest retailer in the United States, the seventh largest retailer in the world and the largest membership warehouse club chain in the United States.Costco is headquartered in Issaquah, Washington, United States and was founded in 1976 in San Diego, CA with its first warehouse in Seattle. Today, Costco has a total of 632 locations in the United Kingdom (25), Australia (5), Canada (87), Mexico (33), Taiwan (9), South Korea (9), Japan (15), Spain (1) and the United States (451).

Type:    Public
Traded as:    NASDAQ: COST 
Industry:    Retail
Predecessor(s):    Price Club
Founded:    Seattle, Washington, U.S. (September 15, 1983)
James D. Sinegal
Jeffrey H. Brotman
Headquarters:    Issaquah, Washington, U.S.
Number of locations:    622 (2012)
Area served:    Worldwide
Key people:   
Jeffrey H. Brotman (Chairman)
W. Craig Jelinek (President, CEO)
Cash & Carry
Warehouse club
Revenue:    Increase US$ 97.062 billion (FY 2012)
Operating income:    Increase US$2.759 billion (FY 2012)
Net income:    Increase US$1.709 billion (FY 2012)
Total assets:    Increase US$27.140 billion (FY 2012)
Total equity:    Increase US$12.361 billion (FY 2012)
Employees:    174,000 (2012)