| Costco Wholesale is principally engaged in the operation of membership warehouses. Co. operates membership warehouses and e-commerce websites based on the concept that providing its members low prices on a selection of branded and private-label products in a range of categories. Co. provides merchandise and services, which include food and sundries, non-foods, fresh foods, warehouse ancillary, and other business. Co.'s other businesses sell products and services that complement its warehouse operations (main and warehouse ancillary businesses). Co. provides other services online in certain countries such as business delivery, travel, same-day grocery, and various other services. We show 52 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.