Big-box home improvement retailer Home Depot has released its second-quarter 2019 financial results, reporting second-quarter sales of $30.8 billion.
This figure represents a 1.2 percent increase over the same period in 2018 and a 16.6 percent increase over the company’s first-quarter figures.
Home Depot reports comparable sales in the U.S. were positive 3.1 percent.
“We were pleased with our results as we delivered accelerating comp performance throughout the quarter,” says chairman, CEO and president Craig Menear.
Menear says he and his team are “encouraged … by the health of the U.S. consumer and a stable housing environment … ” However, he notes that falling lumber prices and “potential impacts to the U.S. consumer arising from recently announced tariffs” are motivating the company to update its fiscal 2019 guidance.
Home Depot is the world’s most profitable home improvement chain. At the end of the second quarter, the company operated nearly 2,300 retail stores in all 50 U.S. states. It employs more than 400,000 associates.
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