Strong comp growth and guidance from Home Depot

Home Depot (NYSE:HD) reports comparable-store sales rose 5.8% in Q2. Comp growth in the U.S. was 6.4%.

Transactions +4.2% to $409.7M.

Average ticket +1.8% to $58.43.

Sales per square foot +5.5% to $403.90.

Inventory +5.2% to $11.665B.

Guidance: Net sales are expected to rise 4.8% for the fiscal year. Full-year EPS of $4.52 is forecast vs. $4.41 consensus.

HD +3.5% premarket

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  • U2A Ventures
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    Recently had to redo a kitchen for some rental property... Made the mistake of buying from Lowes. Terrible service, a week of daily delivery battles, who knew what was going to be delivered when. No wonder HD is doing well.
    19 Aug 2014, 08:50 AM Reply Like
  • ReligiousWacko
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    I have several rental properties including one that needed bunch repairs when I bought it. Used HD for most of the work and was mostly pleased. Much of work is done by local contractors working for HD but scheduling, advice, etc were all pretty good.
    19 Aug 2014, 09:08 AM Reply Like
  • U2A Ventures
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    exactly, the work was done by local contractors, but trying to get a single Lowes store to coordinate the delivery of a kitchen (cabinets, counter, fridge, range, tile, flooring, lights) was a nightmare. Thought since I was going cheap on it, with all stock products it would be a piece of cake.
    19 Aug 2014, 10:56 AM Reply Like
  • mathari
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    Great numbers, in true Jack Welch form, especially given the anemic performance of competitors out there and no major weather disasters to boost revenues (like last year).
    19 Aug 2014, 08:51 AM Reply Like
  • Jim Jimbob
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    I used HD to entirely re-carpet a house I have in FL. Know it is dangerous to do business long distance but I did any way. There was a small hic-up with the installation as reported to me by my brother. The install was done by a local contractor. I called HD and they redid the entire job the next day! Love HD. And love the stock I bought at $21.00....
    19 Aug 2014, 12:58 PM Reply Like
  • Jim Jimbob
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    Used HD to re carpet a house I have in FL. I know doing business long distance is dangerous but did any way. There was a small hic-up with the installation by a local contractor as reported by my brother to me. Called HD about the problem and they corrected the problem immediately. Love them! And the stock that I bought at $21.00 several years ago.
    19 Aug 2014, 12:59 PM Reply Like
  • Minutemen
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    Aw, nobody goes to Home Depot anymore. The place is too crowded!


    (a spin on a famous Yogi Berra line in case you didn't get it).


    Very long HD. (and I shop there all the time)
    19 Aug 2014, 01:02 PM Reply Like
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