Supermarket chain Costco declares special dividend of $10 per share

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The dividend totaling $4.4 billion would be funded through existing cash. It will be paid on Dec. 11 and is the company’s fourth such payout in eight years.

Higher demand for fresh produce, appliances and gardening and sporting goods has helped the warehouse chain record growing sales and traffic at its stores, where customers typically buy items in bulk at lower prices.

Separately, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc (N:BRKa) said it has dissolved its stake in Costco and started new investments in drugmakers including Pfizer (N:PFE) and Merck (N:MRK).

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