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Costco rushes to fill shelves to meet coronavirus-driven buying

US wholesaler says Shanghai store among top performers before virus hit

Customers walk past half-empty shelves at a Costco store in Sunnyvale, California. (Photo by Yifan Yu)

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Costco is struggling to keep up with the surge in coronavirus-driven panic buying as same-store sales jumped 12.1% in February, the U.S. wholesaler said in an earnings call on Thursday.

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