SEC Form 4
FORM 4 UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP

Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
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1. Name and Address of Reporting Person*
SINEGAL JAMES D

(Last) (First) (Middle)
999 LAKE DRIVE

(Street)
ISSAQUAH WA 98027

(City) (State) (Zip)
2. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORP /NEW [ COST ]
5. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer
(Check all applicable)
X Director 10% Owner
Officer (give title below) Other (specify below)
3. Date of Earliest Transaction (Month/Day/Year)
02/15/2012
4. If Amendment, Date of Original Filed (Month/Day/Year)
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line)
X Form filed by One Reporting Person
Form filed by More than One Reporting Person
Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
1. Title of Security (Instr. 3) 2. Transaction Date (Month/Day/Year) 2A. Deemed Execution Date, if any (Month/Day/Year) 3. Transaction Code (Instr. 8) 4. Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed Of (D) (Instr. 3, 4 and 5) 5. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s) (Instr. 3 and 4) 6. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 7. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V Amount (A) or (D) Price
Common Stock 02/15/2012 S (1) 16,000 D (2) 879,367 D
Common Stock 942,708 I By LLC
Common Stock 94,772 I By GRAT
Common Stock 94,772 I By Spouse's GRAT
Table II - Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
(e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivative Security (Instr. 3) 2. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 3. Transaction Date (Month/Day/Year) 3A. Deemed Execution Date, if any (Month/Day/Year) 4. Transaction Code (Instr. 8) 5. Number of Derivative Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D) (Instr. 3, 4 and 5) 6. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date (Month/Day/Year) 7. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security (Instr. 3 and 4) 8. Price of Derivative Security (Instr. 5) 9. Number of derivative Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s) (Instr. 4) 10. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 11. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V (A) (D) Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Explanation of Responses:
1. This sale was effected pursuant to a 10b5-1 trading plan.
2. Shares sold as follows: 400 @ 83.4307 300 @ 83.4400 600 @ 83.4600 200 @ 83.4700 300 @ 83.4800 100 @ 83.4900 325 @ 83.5000 178 @ 83.5004 100 @ 83.5009 100 @ 83.5100 400 @ 83.5400 1100 @ 83.5500 500 @ 83.5700 300 @ 83.6100 300 @ 83.6900 400 @ 83.7100 100 @ 83.7150 100 @ 83.7197 200 @ 83.7200 100 @ 83.7250 1200 @ 83.7800 47 @ 83.8200 100 @ 83.8295 130 @ 83.8500 300 @ 83.8600 100 @ 83.8900 200 @ 83.9000 800 @ 83.9800 500 @ 84.0107 400 @ 84.2700 620 @ 84.2800 500 @ 84.2900 100 @ 84.3000 200 @ 84.3400 100 @ 84.3700 26 @ 84.3900 100 @ 84.4000 174 @ 84.4100 3700 @ 84.4800 100 @ 84.5000 300 @ 84.5100 200 @ 84.5200
Remarks:
Deanna K. Nakashima, attorney-in-fact 02/17/2012
** Signature of Reporting Person Date
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