Updated from Dec. 27 with additional analyst details
For Costco's (COST - Get Report) millions upon millions of members, maintaining the privilege of shopping the warehouse retailer's no frills stores for discounted bulk food may cost a little more sometime next year.
While hesitant to come right out and say it will raise membership dues, Costco executives have given several signals this year that an increase looms large. In late September, the company raised annual membership fees by 10% in Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Mexico and the U.K.
Costco's stock has defied its mixed financial performance, rallying to the tune of 11.6% to $162.44 in the past six months, due in large part to expectations around a membership fee increase.