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Statement of Cash Flows

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The cash flow statement provides information about a company's cash receipts and cash payments during an accounting period, showing how these cash flaws link the ending cash balance to the beginning balance shown on the company's statement of financial position.

The cash flow statement consists of three parts: cash flows provided by (used in) operating activities, cash flows provided by (used in) investing activities, and cash flows provided by (used in) financing activities.

Costco Wholesale Corp., Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

USD $ in millions

12 months ended Sep 3, 2017 Aug 28, 2016 Aug 30, 2015 Aug 31, 2014 Sep 1, 2013 Sep 2, 2012
Net income including noncontrolling interests
Depreciation and amortization
Stock-based compensation
Excess tax benefits on stock-based awards
Other non-cash operating activities, net
Deferred income taxes
Merchandise inventories
Accounts payable
Other operating assets and liabilities, net
Changes in operating assets and liabilities
Adjustments to reconcile net income including noncontrolling interests to net cash provided by operating activities
Net cash provided by operating activities
Purchases of short-term investments
Maturities and sales of short-term investments
Additions to property and equipment
Other investing activities, net
Net cash used in investing activities
Change in bank checks outstanding
Repayments of short-term borrowings
Proceeds from short-term borrowings
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt
Repayments of long-term debt
Minimum tax withholdings on stock-based awards
Excess tax benefits on stock-based awards
Repurchases of common stock
Cash dividend payments
Purchase of noncontrolling interest in Costco Mexico
Other financing activities, net
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents
Net change in cash and cash equivalents
Cash and cash equivalents beginning of year
Cash and cash equivalents end of year
Source: Costco Wholesale Corp., Annual Reports
Item Description The company
Net cash provided by operating activities The net cash from (used in) all of the entity's operating activities, including those of discontinued operations, of the reporting entity. Operating activities generally involve producing and delivering goods and providing services. Operating activity cash flows include transactions, adjustments, and changes in value that are not defined as investing or financing activities. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s net cash provided by operating activities declined from 2015 to 2016 but then increased from 2016 to 2017 exceeding 2015 level.