Lowe’s at a loss against Home Depot

Lowe’s issued a bleak earnings forecast after being outperformed by rival Home Depot in same store sales.  First quarter earnings for the home improvement chain were down 4 cents from the original analyst estimate of 38 cents.  The comparably poorer results to that of Home Depot are mainly attributed to a loss of market share in the appliances division…(read more)

Lowe’s continues to rise in the 4Q

Home improvement retail giant, Lowe’s, finished off the fourth quarter strong with a significant sales increase, reaching the $285 million mark.  Full year gains were up 12.7%, coming in at $2 billion.  The company expects continued sales growth for fiscal 2011.  The extra week of the year should help sales achieve a 5% increase…(read more)

Costco Rising – Buys Back It’s Own Shares

Costco Wholesale has posted higher same-store sales than originally predicted – causing the company to buy back its own stock and raise its dividend.  Its aggressive overseas expansion has left the company unable to fund its own growth without issuing additional shares.  The financial forecast for the retailer looks extremely impressive.  Analysts are predicting a continued upsurge in the company’s growth…(read more)

Home Depot to Hire 60,000 Part-Time Employees

In order to kick off the spring holiday shopping season, The Home Depot will be hiring more than 60,000 new employees.  Titled Spring Black Friday, the home improvement conglomerate will be lowering prices during four different weekends in spring.  The new seasonal associates will begin training during the months of February and March…(read more)

Home Depot joining forces with Martha Stewart

The Home Depot is planning a marketing bonanza to attract more female shoppers by replacing underperforming products with Martha Stewart merchandise.  Martha will be working closely with the company’s executives to persuade female shoppers to take on a more active role in home improvement projects.  According to Gordon Erickson, the senior VP of merchandising and décor, the retail conglomerate has always been perceived as “male oriented”, although 50% of its customers are women.  Through design themes created by Martha Stewart, Home Depot hopes to eliminate the misled perception that the company only caters to men…(read more)

Lowe’s President and CEO To Retire

After a stellar 42-year career working for one of the largest home improvement corporations in the country, Larry Stone has decided to step down as Lowe’s president and chief operating officer.  Mr. Stone will be staying on board until June 2 to help the company through a smooth transition.  Most of his colleagues and peers in the industry credit him for positioning the company as one of the most successful home-improvement retailers…(read more)

Lowe’s Has New E-Commerce Chief

At the top of a sweeping list of recent executive changes, Lowe’s Companies has appointed a new e-commerce chief.  William (Doug) Robinson will be replacing Steven M. Stone, who had previously been the company’s chief information officer.  Mr. Robinson’s new senior vice president responsibilities include overseeing customer support services.  Lowes.com is ranked No. 81 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide…(read more)