Costco memberships will get more expensive, CFO says –


In a recent earnings call, Costco CFO Richard Galanti gave insight into when and how Costco determines the right time to raise membership fees. (Getty Images)

(NEXSTAR) – Costco will follow the likes of Sam’s Club, Amazon, and most streaming services in raising its membership fee, the company’s chief financial officer confirmed last week.

Ultimately, it’s not a question of if the cost will rise, it’s when.

during a recent earnings call, Costco CFO Richard Galanti repeatedly noted membership fees have, historically, risen roughly every five years. The last three price increases have happened five years and seven months apart.

If the next price hike were to follow the same five-year, seven-month pattern, it could happen as soon as January (the most recent cost increase happened in June 2017). But don’t expect it.

While Galanti explained Costco has “no problem thinking about [raising the membership fee] and doing it ultimately,” he remained “purposely coy” on when the price increase may happen.

“If we have to wait a few months or several months, that’s fine,” he said, adding later in the call that amid inflation and fears of a recession, “there’s no rush” to raise the membership fee. He went on to say that Costco feels “very good about where our renewal rates are and then the loyalty that our members have.”


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