Costco's (NASDAQ: COST) business is a lot more predictable than your average retailer's. That stability springs from two big factors. The first is the chain's massive global sales base that spans both consumer staple products and discretionary purchases like home furnishings. Costco's membership model also means that most of its earnings flow from charging fees to members rather than product sales.
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When it does, two of the stocks likely to be leading the way are Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ: COST) and Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), classic blue chips that have a track record of outperforming in both bear markets and bull markets. In order to compare the two consumer staples stocks, we asked two of our Motley Fool contributors to present the buy case for each one. Jennifer Saibil (Costco Wholesale): Costco has been a market-beating stock for decades, outperforming the S&P 500 by wide margins over time.