| Costco Wholesale and its subsidiaries are principally engaged in the operation of membership warehouses in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, Canada, U.K., Mexico, Japan, Korea, Australia, Spain, France, Iceland, China, and through a majority-owned subsidiary in Taiwan. Co. provides merchandise in the following categories: foods and sundries, which include sundries, dry grocery, candy, cooler, freezer, deli, liquor, and tobacco; non-foods, which include appliances, electronics, health and beauty aids, hardware, garden and patio, sporting goods, tires, toys and seasonal, office supplies, automotive care, postage, tickets, and apparel; and fresh foods, which include meat, produce, deli, and bakery. We show 51 historical shares outstanding datapoints in our coverage of COST's shares outstanding history.|
Understanding the changing numbers of COST shares outstanding — and
comprehending the concept of differing number of shares outstanding in general comparing companies like COST versus peers —
is critical for investors. Many "beginner" or "novice" investors will look at one stock trading at a price of $10 per share and another trading at
a price of $20 per share and think the latter company is worth twice as much. Of course, that is a completely meaningless comparison without also knowing how many shares outstanding there are for each of the two companies.
Furthermore, via issuance of new shares over time, or the repurchase of existing shares, the number of shares outstanding can fluctuate over the course of history.
With this page we aim to empower investors researching COST by allowing them to research COST shares outstanding history
as well as any other stock in our coverage universe.