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Lowe’s Sprints on Mixed Q2 Results

Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW) on Wednesday reported second-quarter earnings that beat analysts’ expectations as the company said improved operations offset lower-than-expected sales that were hurt by a shortened spring.

The home improvement retailer said sales to do-it-yourself customers were also hurt by lower demand for certain discretionary items. That was partially offset by an increase in sales to professionals such as contractors and electricians.

Comparable sales fell 0.3% overall, though home improvement in the U.S. saw a slight growth of 0.2% versus the same quarter last year.

Earnings per share proved to be $4.67, compared to the expected $4.58, on revenue of $27.48 billion vs. the expected $28.12 billion.

Lowe’s said it now expects total and comparable sales for the year toward the bottom of its outlook range. It had forecast sales of $97 to $99 billion and comparable sales to be down 1% to up 1%. Operating income and earnings are expected to be toward the top end of its previous forecast.

Shares of the company were up around 3% in pre-market trading.

For the three-month period ended July 29, Lowe’s reported a net income of $2.99 billion, down from $3.02 billion last year. Net sales slipped to $27.48 billion, from $27.57 billion a year ago.

The results come after Home Depot (NYSE:HD) on Tuesday reported better-than-expected earnings and revenue for the second quarter, and stood by its forecast.

Many people took up home improvement projects as they hunkered down during the pandemic, and investors have been watching to see whether that spending is holding up.

LOW shares gained $2.23, or 1%, to $216.35.