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Home Depot Q4 sales increased 4.4 percent

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Staff writer ▼ | March 3, 2014
The Home Depot reported that comparable store sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 increased 4.4 percent, and comp sales for U.S. stores were positive 4.9 percent.
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Home DepotThe Home Depot reported that comparable store sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 increased 4.4 percent, and comp sales for U.S. stores were positive 4.9 percent.


Total sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 were $17.7 billion, a 3.0 percent decrease from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. The fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 consisted of 13 weeks compared with 14 weeks of sales in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. The 14th week added approximately $1.2 billion in sales for the fourth quarter and fiscal year in 2012. Excluding the additional week in 2012, sales for the fourth quarter were up 3.9 percent from the prior year.

Net earnings for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 were $1.0 billion, or $0.73 per diluted share, compared with net earnings of $1.0 billion, or $0.68 per diluted share, in the same period of fiscal 2012, reflecting a 7.4 percent increase in diluted earnings per share.

The 14th week in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 increased earnings per diluted share by approximately $0.07 in the fourth quarter and fiscal year in 2012. Excluding the 14th week in the prior year, earnings per diluted share increased by 19.7 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013.

Sales for fiscal year 2013 were $78.8 billion, an increase of 5.4 percent from fiscal year 2012. Excluding the 53rd week in the prior fiscal year, sales for fiscal year 2013 increased 7.2 percent from fiscal 2012. Total company comparable store sales for fiscal year 2013 increased 6.8 percent, and comp sales for U.S. stores were positive 7.5 percent for the year.

Earnings per diluted share in fiscal year 2013 were $3.76, compared to $3.00 per diluted share in fiscal year 2012, an increase of 25.3 percent. Excluding the 53rd week in the prior fiscal year, earnings per diluted share increased by 28.3 percent.

The company announced that its board of directors declared a 21 percent increase in its quarterly dividend to $0.47 cents per share.


 

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