Dow component Home Depot reported third-quarter earnings that topped estimates as revenue fell short, sending shares lower ahead of the opening bell. Rival Lowe's was also lower following the results.
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The home-improvement retailer earned $2.8 billion, or $2.53 per diluted share, as revenue rose 3.5 percent to $27.2 billion. Wall Street analysts surveyed by Refinitiv were expecting $2.52 a share on revenue of $27.53 billion. Comparable sales rose 3.6 percent, missing the 4.8 percent gain that was expected.
“Our third quarter results reflected broad-based growth across our business, yet sales were below our expectations driven by the timing of certain benefits associated with our One Home Depot strategic investments," chairman, CEO and president Craig Menear said in the earnings release.
"We are largely on track with these investments and have seen positive results, but some of the benefits anticipated for fiscal 2019 will take longer to realize than our initial assumptions," Menear continued.
Looking ahead, Home Depot sees fiscal year 2019 sales growth of 1.8 percent and comparable sales growth of 3.5 percent, down from previous guidance of up 2.3 percent and up 4 percent, respectively.
Home Depot shares are up 39 percent year-to-date while the S&P 500 is up 24.5 percent.