The Home Depot Declares Second Quarter Dividend Of 47 Cents – Yahoo Finance

Good News For The Housing Market? Home Depot Raises Full-Year Forecast – Forbes

same store sales grew 6.4%. Customer transactions increased 4.2%, while average ticket size grew 1.8% to $58.43. The companys net income came in at $2.1 billion, or $1.52 in earnings per share, a figure that beats the analyst consensus by 8 cents per share and marks a 22.6% improvement over the earnings per share reported this time last year. In the second quarter, our spring seasonal business rebounded, and we saw strong performance in the core of the store and across all of our geographies, Frank Blake, Home Depot chairman and CEO, said in a statement Tuesday morning. Blake also thanked Home Depot employees for their service in the face of this increased demand. Looking ahead to the remainder of 2014, Home Depot reaffirmed that it expects full-year sales to grow 4.8% but also said that based on the second quarters strong results, it is raising its full-year profit forecast to $4.52 per share, a 20.2% increase over full-year 2013 earnings.
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21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today announced that its board of directors declared a second quarter cash dividend of 47 cents per share. The dividend is payable on September 18, 2014, to shareholders of record on the close of business on September 4, 2014. This is the 110th consecutive quarter the Company has paid a cash dividend. The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,265 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2013, The Home Depot had sales of $78.8 billion and earnings of $5.4 billion.
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Lowe’s Q2 Earnings Surge as Home Improvement Spending Rise – Analyst Blog – NASDAQ.com

Moreover, gross profit margin improved 20 basis points to 34.55% mainly due to lower cost of sales as a percentage of net sales. Other Financial Aspects Lowe’s ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $1,039 million, long-term debt (excluding current maturities) of $10,063 million and shareholders’ equity of $11,240 million, reflecting a debt-to-capitalization ratio of approximately 47.2%. During the quarter, the company repurchased $1.1 billion worth of its common stock and distributed $183 million as dividends, while in the first half of fiscal 2014, it repurchased $2 billion worth of its common stock and distributed $369 million as dividends. Update on Fiscal 2014 Outlook Despite reporting strong quarterly results, Lowe’s lowered its fiscal 2014 sales outlook while reaffirming its earnings guidance. The company now expects its sales and comparable-store sales to register year-over-year growth of approximately 4.5% and 3.5%, respectively. Earlier, the company has projected growth of 5% and 4% in sales and comparable-store sales, respectively.
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7 FAQs about Whole House Water Filtration Systems About this blog By Anu Jameson Home improvement tips from Networx.com, a website where real people give unpretentious home & garden advice and share their experiences so that you can deal with your own house with more fun and less anxiety. Look here for cheap and time-efficient … X Home Improvement Home improvement tips from Networx.com, a website where real people give unpretentious home & garden advice and share their experiences so that you can deal with your own house with more fun and less anxiety. Look here for cheap and time-efficient ideas (because we also don’t have time to sew our own drapes), real stories about great, imperfect homes and gardens, and funny writers who don’t take themselves too seriously.
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Briggs & Stratton Corporation Reports Results For The Fourth Quarter And Fiscal Year 2014; Dividend Increased 4% – Yahoo Finance

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We estimate that the retail market for lawn and garden products will increase 1-4% in the U.S. next season. Sales estimates do not include the impact of landed hurricanes. Operating income margins for fiscal 2015 are expected to improve over fiscal 2014 and be in a range of 4.5% to 5.0% and reflect the positive impacts of the restructuring actions, particularly in the last quarter of the fiscal year. Interest expense and other income are estimated to be approximately $19 million and $7 million, respectively.
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El Cerrito police log: DUI suspect drives into patrol car; burglar attempts to enter movie house from the roof; woman arrested with variety of suspected drug – ContraCostaTimes.com

RECOVERED VEHICLE — A city community service officer located a 1987 Nissan Sentra at 6 p.m. in the 700 block of Elm Street that had been reported stolen from the Richmond BART station. RECOVERED VEHICLE — A 1997 Nissan Sentra reported stolen in Richmond to BART police that days was located by an officer in the 400 block of Norvell Street. DUI — A Richmond man was arrested for DUI during a traffic stop on San Pablo Avenue by El Cerrito Plaza. POSSESSION — A Vallejo woman, 42, the passenger of a vehicle in a traffic stop at San Pablo Avenue and San Diego Street, was arrested for possession of two glass pipes used to smoke methamphetamine. DUI — A Richmond woman, 46 was arrested for suspicion of DUI at Central Avenue and Pierce Street. POSSESSION — An officer noticed two suspicious subjects riding bicycles westbound on Portola Drive who went in separate directions after seeing the police officer.
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Home Depot Earned $1.52 Per Share In Q2, – Business Insider

Tuesday Sector Leaders: Real Estate, Home Furnishings & Improvement Stocks – NASDAQ.com

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Home Depot’s comparable store sales jumped 5.8%, beating expectations for 4.4% growth. This led to earnings of $1.52 per share in Q2, beating expectations for $1.44. “In the second quarter, our spring seasonal business rebounded, and we saw strong performance in the core of the store and across all of our geographies,” said CEO Frank Blake . Management reiterated its expectation for $4.52 per share in full year earnings, which was a bit higher than the $4.41 expected by analysts.
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Learn more. Second quarter revenue was up 5.7%t to $23.8 billion, beating analysts’ average estimate of $23.6 billion, helped by improved weather and rising home prices that are spurring consumers to spend on renovations, Bloomberg noted. Home Depot said profit this year will be $4.52 a share, including the benefit of share repurchases; the company had forecast $4.42. For more on Home Depot’s quarterly results, watch the video below: WATCH: More market update videos on TheStreet TV TheStreet Ratings team rates HOME DEPOT INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: “We rate HOME DEPOT INC (HD) a BUY.
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Home Depot profits soar as weather, housing market improve (+video) – CSMonitor.com

earned $2.05 billion, or $1.52 per share. A year earlier it earned $1.8 billion, or $1.24 per share. Analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research predicted earnings of $1.44 per share. HomeDepot’sstock gained $2.53, or 3 percent, to $86.12 before the market open.
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Also showing relative strength are home furnishings & improvement shares, up on the day by about 2.6% as a group, led by American Woodmark ( AMWD ), trading higher by about 15.9% and Home Depot ( HD ), trading higher by about 5.1% on Tuesday. Select a credit card product by: Card Type General Feedback Edit Favorites Enter up to 25 symbols separated by commas or spaces in the text box below. These symbols will be available during your session for use on applicable pages.
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Top 500 European E-retailers – U.k. Online Sales Increase 14% In July – Internet Retailer

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In June U.K. online sales grew 9% year over year. In June, consumers shied away from buying big-ticket items online, IMRG and Capgemini say.
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Sales and traffic to online retailers by category and merchant type, data on Amazon and other leading e-retailers, comparisons of leading web retailers, site performance data, more. Internet penetration by region, income, age and other factors; web browser market share; time spent on social networks; country rankings by Internet population. E-retailer spending by marketing category, leading e-retailers in paid and natural search marketing, social media data, how consumers respond to online marketing. Consumer adoption of web-enabled mobile devices, mobile marketing and shopping data, top mobile shopping cities, mobile devices by technology.
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Lowe’s said to seek Brazil purchases : Business

Although economic growth is slowing this year, retailers see a market in which millions of Brazilians entered the middle class in the past decade. The government has also encouraged home ownership with its low-income housing initiative dubbed Minha Casa, Minha Vida or My Home, My Life which has delivered more than a million homes, with more on the way. Last year, Santiago, Chile-based SACI Falabella bought a majority stake in Brazilian home-improvement chain Construdecor SA, which runs stores under the Dicico brand, for $171 million. Lowes, Balaroti, Goldman Sachs and BR Home Centers declined to comment.
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Township To Form Corporation To Boost Economic Development | Www.journal-news.com

Specifically, some of the general authority of a CIC would be the ability to borrow money to make loans and enter into a partnership or agreement to purchase or receive and hold township-owned property Typically, a township is required to auction property. The board would be able purchase and/or sell property by transferring it to or from the CIC, and they would be able to sell it and do it expeditiously, he explained. Thats important because of the way land prices fluctuate, Geis said. A CIC will help lock them in and limit exposure to the township. Properties that could be purchased include ones that are under-developed or blighted. Such property could be turned into park land, for example.
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Aquatic Subway Tile Tub-Shower Named to 2014 Best New Products List

The magazine identifies the 100 best new products and publishes a list of them in its August print issue as well as online . Were thrilled to have this prestigious publication recognize our subway tile tub-shower as one of the best new products of the year, said Tom Kobel, Product Manager — Everyday, Aquatic. At Aquatic, we take pride in being in touch with lifestyle and industry trends so we can develop products that meet the needs of plumbing professionals, specifying designers and end-users and also give them something to be excited about. Winning this award tells us that were doing just that. This is the third year in a row that Professional Remodeler has included Aquatic products on its annual best products list.
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Council Wants Lowe’s, Even If The Company Is A Year Late

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He also will seek to increase the penalties against Lowes if it doesnt open the store by Dec. 31, 2015. But he cautioned against making too many demands. If you go for every dime we could get, they will walk, Delapoer said. Contracts with obligations are simply not vehicles for penalizing someone, he added.
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Soccer-Van Gaal is over-training Man United players – Verheijen – Yahoo Sports

The Angels’ setup man responded by plugging his index fingers into his ears and walking away. He wasn’t being rude. The sidearm-throwing right-hander really didn’t want to know that he’d gone 222/3 innings over 23 appearances from June 24 to Aug. 9 without allowing a run. “Every day is a new day,” Smith said.
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“South Africa are a thoroughbred team with strong players and a physical game both in attack and defence,” Hourcade said on Thursday. He was appointed to a two-year contract after the end of last year’s Rugby Championship. “Discipline will be crucial and we have talked a lot about this and trained hard for this. Defence is key but we will use our opportunities to attack,” he added. The two countries meet again on Aug. 23 in Salta.
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Rugby-Springboks wary of unpredictable Argentina – Yahoo Sports

The match was the season opener for Horn Lake. The two squads battled back and forth in set one before Lewisburg held on for the first set victory. Set two also was contested closely with Lewisburg holding a 10-9 lead early in the set. The Lady Patriots won two of the next three points for a 12-10 edge, but Horn Lake brought the set back to 15-14 Lewisburg. The Lady Pats would win 10 of the final 15 points for a 25-19 win and a 2-0 lead in the match. Lewisburg came out roaring in the third set, winning the first five points before Horn Lake coach Janna Thompson would call a timeout. The Lady Patriots continued to hold off Horn Lake before Alexyse Thomas block at the net gave Horn Lake the serve, trailing 16-10. The block seemed to spur the Lady Eagles, who then rallied to take the lead at 20-18 after a rally ball ended in the net. Lewisburg would come back with a service ace from Hannah Waddell to tie the set at 20-20 and win the last five points to finish off the match. First year Lewisburg coach Gary Hentz said he saw improvement in his team from a 3-0 loss to open the season earlier in the week at home against DeSoto Central. Tuesday was not what we were hoping for, losing in three sets, although they (DeSoto Central) are really good, one of the best teams in the state, Hentz said. This was a really comforting turnaround to take it 3-0 going into the weekend, going to Jackson (Set-It-Off Tournament) and playing some really good teams. Thompson was proud of the way her team competed against Lewisburg, considered a strong Class 5-A club. I think they made a little noise tonight, Thompson said. So just the fact that were competing and hopefully going to get better, Im excited. Bob Bakken: sports@desototimestribune.com or call 662-429-6397, Ext.
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Angels’ relievers will start zeroing in again – LA Times

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT “Luke Shaw had to do extra training to get fit. Who was in charge of his individual programme?,” asked Verheijen. “LVG’s coaching skills & tactical superiority often compensate for this periodisation deficiency but there is clearly room for improvement.” Verheijen suggested Van Gaal’s methods were responsible for a spate of injuries among the Dutch players before and during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a tournament where they finished third. “During the World Cup preparation the Dutch players had to do frequent double sessions so not surprisingly the muscle injuries accumulated,” he said. “At Man United, in the first few weeks, LVG has applied the same approach and, as expected, with the same result. “But who is gonna tell a top coach that he has to raise his bar in a certain area?
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West Virginia Tries To Bounce From Awful 2013 – Yahoo Sports

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6 home opener against FCS runner-up Towson, a Sept. 13 road game against a Maryland team that beat West Virginia 37-0 last year, and the Big 12 opener at home Sept. 20 against Oklahoma. SHORE UP THAT DEFENSE: West Virginia surrendered 33 points per game last season, ranking 99th in the Bowl Subdivision. Tony Gibson was promoted to defensive coordinator after Keith Patterson left for Arizona State and the Mountaineers hired former longtime Penn State assistant Tom Bradley to oversee the defensive line.
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PBS Home Improvement Host Vicki Payne Joining VSI at Southern Ideal Home Show – Charlotte

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At 11:30 a.m., she will discuss exterior design at the IDEAL Home Stage in a presentation sponsored by Charlotte Sides with Vinyl. Exterior design especially when talking about siding and accessories is a balance of beauty and performance, Payne said. On the beauty side, when you mix materials, incorporate a variety of shapes, use rich colors to accentuate windows and doors or the whole house, the synergies are spectacular. On the performance side, choice of materials is critical make sure you go with something that is durable, so that it will retain long-lasting beauty but not require a lot of effort to maintain. Vinyl siding has been the number one choice in exterior cladding for the last 20 years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
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DE Za’Darius Smith (No. 19 defensive end, 188th overall) — The 6-foot-6, 263-pounder has an opportunity to play himself up the draft board if he can have a big senior campaign. He played his first two college seasons at the junior-college level and he flashed at times last season when he had six sacks. Consistency is an issue as half his sacks came in one game against Miami (Ohio).
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Home-Price Gains Decelerate in Many Metro Areas During Second Quarter – Yahoo Finance

To purchase a single-family home at the national median price, a buyer making a 5 percent downpayment would need an income of $47,816, a 10 percent downpayment would require an income of $45,299, and $40,266 would be needed for a 20 percent downpayment. Total housing inventory6 showed much-needed improvement at the end of the second quarter at 2.30 million existing homes available for sale, which is 6.5 percent higher than a year ago. The average supply during the quarter was 5.6 months; it was 5.1 months in the second quarter of 2013. A supply of 6 to 7 months represents a rough balance between buyers and sellers.
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