NEW YORK — Moody's Investors Service here said Thursday it has affirmed the A2 senior unsecured rating of Costco Wholesale Corp., Issaquah, Wash., and upgraded its outlook from stable to positive. According to Charlie O'Shea, senior analyst, the raised outlook recognizes the strength of Costco's operating performance, which he said Moody's expects will continue, as well as the balanced nature of its financial policy, especially with respect to returns to shareholders. "Costco has ...

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