Home Depot 3Q results edge up, beat Street's view

Associated Press Modified: November 14, 2012 at 12:15 am •  Published: November 13, 2012
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In a call with analysts, he added that he sees the housing market becoming "an assist to our growth rather than an anchor."

Customer transactions over $900, about 20 percent of sales, rose 4.3 percent during the quarter, driven by purchases of appliances, flooring and kitchens.

Blake's statement signaled a "stronger tone" on the housing market than in prior quarters, said NBG Productions analyst Brian S. Sozzi, who called the remarks encouraging.

It remains to be seen whether Home Depot's smaller rival Lowe's Cos. will echo the sentiment when reports results on Monday.

For the period ended Oct. 28, Home Depot Inc. reported net income of $947 million, or 63 cents per share. That's up from $934 billion, or 60 cents per share, a year earlier.

Excluding a charge for closing some stores in China, earnings were 74 cents per share.

Home Depot had said during the quarter it would close its big-box stores in China after failing to make a dent in the market.

"After several years of effort, we concluded that we could not make our big box retail model profitable there," Blake said.

That topped the 70 cents per share that analysts surveyed by FactSet predicted.

Revenue rose more than 4 percent to $18.13 billion. Wall Street expected $17.92 billion.

For the year, Home Depot now expects net income of $3.03 excluding the costs of closing stores in China, reflecting share repurchases. It previously forecast $2.95 per share.

It expects anticipates revenue will climb about 5.2 percent. Based on 2011's revenue of $70.4 billion, this implies $74.06 billion. Home Depot's prior forecast was for a 4.6 percent increase, which implied revenue of $73.63 billion.

Analysts expect earnings of $2.99 per share on revenue of $73.68 billion.

Shares rose $2.22, or 3.6 percent, to close at $63.38 Tuesday after rising to a new high for the year of $64.44 earlier in the session.

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Associated Press writers Michelle Chapman in New York and Tom Murphy in Indianapolis contributed to this report.