Costco apparently made quite a bit of coin from gold bars in the first quarter, with many online customers having opened their wallets to score ounces of the precious metal.
"You’ve probably read about the fact that we’re selling 1-ounce gold bars," Richard Galanti, the chief financial officer of the wholesale retailer, said Thursday evening. "We sold over $100 million of gold during the quarter."
His comment about the gold bar sales came as Galanti briefly touched on some of the "fun wow items" that Costco put up for sale on its website in the quarter and others that recently got listed.
Costco gold bar (Getty Images/Costco)
Costco saw quite a bit of demand for them, with Galanti reporting in late September that "when we load them on the site, they’re typically gone within a few hours."
The price of gold — as measured by the front-month COMEX futures — hovered around $2,036 per troy ounce as of Friday afternoon.
Galanti also provided some interesting color on the number of pie sales that occurred around Thanksgiving. Costco members bought a total of over 4 million pies in the three-day span ahead of the holiday, including 2.9 million pumpkin pies and 1.3 million apple and pecan ones, he said.
Customers visit a Costco Wholesale store on December 15, 2023 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
In the first quarter, Costco said its total revenue saw an over 6% year-over-year increase, coming in at $57.8 billion. Its net income was $1.59 billion, according to the company.
Costco is set to have a new CEO — Ron Vachris — take over in January as part of a "long-standing succession plan" that current CEO Craig Jelinek "has discussed with the board," the company said in October.