ISSAQUAH, Wash. -- Costco Wholesale Corp. here said last week sales in California rose 9% for the first quarter ended Nov. 23, compared with a 5% increase in last year's fourth quarter -- a jump it said was helped by the Southern California supermarket strike. Sales for the 12-week quarter rose 14.4% to $10.5 billion, with comparable-store sales up 11%, and net income increasing 9.9% to $160.2 million. In a conference call with financial analysts, Richard Galanti, executive vice president ...

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