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Costco emerges as consumers’ e-commerce favorite

Costco shoppers walk next to an advertisement for Costco online at a Costco store in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007.   Shares of Costco Wholesale Corp. jumped nearly 10 percent Wednesday, Oct. 10 after the discount retailer said its fiscal fourth-quarter profit rose 5 percent on increased membership fee revenue and higher same-store warehouse sales. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) CAPS109

The warehouse shopping club scored 83 on the annual American Customer Satisfaction Index, edging past Amazon's score of 82.

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