NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Membership warehouse club chain Costco Wholesale Corp. COST on Thursday reported a 6% increase in its comparable February sales, including a 6% gain in the U.S. and a 4% increase overseas. The result beat the 5.1% average estimate of analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters. Excluding the positive impact of gasoline inflation, U.S. sales rose 6%, beating the 4.8% consensus estimate. Costco stock was unchanged at $102.56 in premarket trading.
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