The Home Depot today reported third quarter net earnings of U.S. $1.5 billion, or 73 cents per diluted share, compared with $1.5 billion, or 72 cents per diluted share in the same period in fiscal 2005.
Sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2006 totaled $23.1 billion, an 11.3 percent increase from the third quarter of fiscal 2005.
Total sales in the retail segment grew 1.1 percent to $19.7 billion. Comparable store sales declined 5.1 percent in the third quarter. The U.S. retail home improvement market has slowed significantly due to a slowing overall economy, declining home prices and equity extraction, and slowing housing turnover.
Total sales in HD Supply grew by 159 percent to $3.5 billion, driven by acquisitions as well as organic growth.
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