BANGALORE (Reuters) - Costco Wholesale Corp <COST.O> posted a higher quarterly profit as it sold more gasoline and got a boost from stronger foreign currencies.
The largest U.S. warehouse club earned $324 million, or 73 cents a share, in its fiscal third quarter ended May 8, compared with a profit of $306 million, or 68 cents a share, a year ago.
Costco, which sells everything from gas to diamond necklaces at a discount to its members, said net sales rose 16 percent to $20.19 billion in the quarter.
Sales at stores open at least a year, or same-store sales, rose 12 percent. Excluding inflation in gas prices and stronger foreign currencies, same-store sales rose 7 percent.
The quarterly results include a pretax charge of $49 million or 7 cents a share.
Shares of the company closed at $81.35 on Tuesday on Nasdaq.
(Reporting by Renju Jose in Bangalore; Editing by David Holmes)