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November 16, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter
Infiniti is hoping to make diaper runs to Costco less of a chore with its JX, unveiled Wednesday. Targeting family-oriented buyers who appreciate a different type of pampering, the three-row, seven-seat is the latest entry into the fast-growing luxury crossover segment. The JX "can carry both children and adults without putting them in a rear seat penalty box" that forces adults to climb over a second-row child seat, said Infiniti Executive Vice President Andy Palmer. Infiniti says its JX offers the most passenger and cargo volume in its segment, with more second- and third-row legroom than a Cadillac Escalade.
November 20, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
The cost of saving a city? For San Francisco, the tab for Batkid's heroic day is coming in at $105,000. Nearly 14,500 volunteers and adoring fans with signs turned out for 5-year-old Miles Scott, who has been battling lymphoblastic leukemia since he was 20 months old and wanted to spend the day as Batman. The Make-A-Wish Foundation, which planned the festivities, expected a few hundred volunteers to show up. But when thousands more arrived, Mayor Ed Lee's presentation of a chocolate key to the city was amped up with professional staging and big-screen TVs, bumping the cost to more than $105,000, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
April 20, 2008 | Ann Brenoff, Times Staff Writer
Kenny Chesney must have gotten word about the Malibu dress code: It's baseball caps, dude, not cowboy hats. What other possible explanation is there for the country music legend to have bought a house in the Carbon Canyon neighborhood for $7.4 million in February and then promptly re-listed it for sale at $7.95 million? The home, which was listed at $7.5 million when Chesney bought it a nanosecond ago, has expansive ocean views.
A shootout Sunday between armored car guards and gunmen, one armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, left one bystander dead and at least three people wounded after a botched robbery outside a Van Nuys Costco store teeming with shoppers, authorities said. Panic-stricken customers, many with children, dived for cover in the pandemonium. Bullets shattered car windows 100 yards away.
April 2, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
A U.S. court declined a request by Costco Wholesale Corp. to reconsider a decision that backed Washington state rules controlling pricing and discounts on beer and wine. The three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in January that most Washington state regulations challenged by Costco, the largest U.S. warehouse club, were constitutional. Costco had argued that the rules restricted competition.
July 24, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Costco Wholesale Corp. said Wednesday that its earnings for the current quarter would be lower than expected as it delayed raising prices on items such as food and patio sets amid soaring energy costs. Shares in the nation's No. 1 warehouse club operator -- which had been one of the few bright spots in retailing -- plummeted almost 12% on Wednesday. Rival BJ's Wholesale Club Inc.
February 23, 1998 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER
In the computer game world, gratuitous violence is an everyday commodity. But lust doesn't sell--at least not on the shelves at Costco Cos. Take Tribal Dreams' forthcoming release, "Of Light and Darkness--The Prophecy." The game, which features a digital likeness of actress Lolita Davidovich and the voice of actor James Woods, has a painting of a sexy, futuristic-looking angel on the cover of its box.
August 24, 2008 | Susan Derby
Looking for vacation discounts? A discount store surely should have some, and this one does. Deal: Book a trip through Costco Travel, and you can receive the following for as little as $393 per person (including taxes) at Crown Paradise Club Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: a five-night stay in a standard room (based on double occupancy); transfers to and from the airport; all meals, snacks and beverages; use of non-motorized water-sports equipment; and hotel taxes and tips.
May 11, 2005 | Don Shirley
Theater tickets at Costco? The mega-retailer is selling discounted tickets to "Brooklyn," a Broadway musical, to its members over the Web. It's a pilot program, said Pat Callans, vice president of member services for the corporation, and he's not sure when it might expand. But he said he's "looking for inventory. There are plenty of venues out there." The price is $54 for tickets that cost $90 at the box office and $57 to $66.50 for tickets that normally cost $95. But fees totaling $5.
June 1, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Costco Wholesale Corp. said Thursday that fiscal third-quarter earnings fell after the No. 1 U.S. warehouse club increased the funds it set aside to pay customers who return big-screen TVs and other high-tech goods. Costco Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti said he expected fourth-quarter earnings per share of 81 cents to 83 cents, slightly below analysts' expectations of 84 cents, according to Reuters Estimates.
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