Consumers aren't as optimistic about the holidays as they were back in June.
On Tuesday, Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) topped quarterly earnings expectation despite a persistent weakness in sales. Like Walmart (NYSE: WMT) and Target (NYSE: TGT), Costco observed weaker trends in discretionary items as it enjoyed strong grocery sales. While Walmart, Target, and Home Depot (NYSE: HD) complained of retail theft pressuring their profit margins and thinning their bottom lines, Costco has its own answer to theft and organized retail crime which is not a big issue
Costco members willing to pay cash can get discount pricing on some outpatient services, including virtual primary care for $29 and virtual mental health therapy for $79. Costco is offering outpatient healthcare services to members for as low as $29 through a new partnership with Sesame, a healthcare marketplace that connects healthcare providers with consumers.The new service does not accept health insurance. Sesame said in a statement that this allows it to offer low prices. Costco members can