Costco limits items including toilet paper again

Shoppers walk in front of a Costco store on February 25, 2021, in Inglewood, California.
Shoppers walk in front of a Costco store on February 25, 2021, in Inglewood, California. Photo credit Mario Tama/Getty Images

Costco said Thursday it had chartered three ships to help get its wholesale goods to consumers in the U.S. amid nationwide shortages that have prompted the return of purchase quantity limitations.

In August, the discount retailer alerted customers that it had begun restricting the number of items customers could purchase for several goods, including grocery and household products. Toilet paper is on the rationing list again.

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Initially, the company seemingly anticipated the problem being alleviated after the end of its August sales promotion.

But in an earnings conference call Thursday, executives revealed customers would once again see limitations. The wholesale corporation also announced it had chartered three ocean vessels that would transport merchandise containers from Asia to the U.S. and Canada.

The company said the ships would be in service throughout the following yea