Will Costco’s Net Sales Increase Give These Top Institutional Shareholders Some Satisfaction?

Costco Wholesale Corp’s (NASDAQ:COST) comparable sales in January rose by 4% versus consensus expectations of 3.9% even though there was one less sales day during the period. Net sales during the five-week period ending February 3 rose 7% to $9.35 billion.

Will Costco Wholesale Corporation’s shareholders decrease their holdings? They reported owning a total of 75.814 million shares on 12/31/2012. The shares closed at $98.47 on 12/31/2012.

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Here are the ten largest positions in Costco Wholesale Corporation at the end of December 31st, 2012.

Vanguard Group Inc. held 19,469,354 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $1,922,209,386. This brought the portfolio total to 0.24%.

Bank of New York Mellon Corp. held 5,649,922 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $557,816,818. This brought the portfolio total to 0.2%.

Montag & Caldwell LLC. held 3,799,389 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $375,113,689. This brought the portfolio total to 3.2%.

Winslow Capital Management LLC. held 3,546,132 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $350,109,624. This brought the portfolio total to 1.12%.

Eaton Vance Management held 2,604,892 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $257,180,996. This brought the portfolio total to 0.79%.

Ing Investment Management Co. held 2,491,603 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $245,995,973. This brought the portfolio total to 0.77%.

SarasiN & Partners LLP. held 2,026,188 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $200,045,548. This brought the portfolio total to 3.54%.

Legal & General Group PLC.held 1,886,326 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $186,236,972. This brought the portfolio total to 0.29%.

Sleep Zakaria & Co Ltd. held 1,850,000 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $182,650,506. This brought the portfolio total to 15.93%.

Marathon Asset Management LLP. held 1,837,007 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $181,367,707. This brought the portfolio total to 4.17%.

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