ATLANTA — The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today reported sales of $23.9 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2017, a 4.9 percent increase from the first quarter of fiscal 2016. Comparable store sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 were positive 5.5 percent, and comp sales for U.S. stores were positive 6.0 percent.
Net earnings for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 were $2.0 billion, or $1.67 per diluted share, compared with net earnings of $1.8 billion, or $1.44 per diluted share, in the same period of fiscal 2016. For the first quarter of fiscal 2017, diluted earnings per share increased 16.0 percent from the same period in the prior year.
“We were pleased with our results as they reflected broad-based growth across our interconnected platform and all geographies,” said Craig Menear, chairman, CEO and president. “This was made possible by our hard working store associates, merchants and supply chain teams and our continued dedication to customer service.”
The Commerce Department on Tuesday reported that new home construction fell for the second consecutive month in April, but that was led by a big drop in construction of apartments, a volatile sector.
New home construction has been a bright spot for the U.S. economy. With job growth expected to continue, economists believe homes sales will jump in coming months.
Updated Fiscal 2017 Guidance
Based on its year-to-date performance, the Company reaffirmed its fiscal 2017 sales growth guidance and expects sales will be up approximately 4.6 percent and comp sales will be up approximately 4.6 percent. The Company also raised its diluted earnings-per-share growth guidance for the year and now expects diluted earnings-per-share growth after anticipated share repurchases of approximately 11.0 percent from fiscal 2016 to $7.15.
At the end of the first quarter, the Company operated a total of 2,281 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. The Company employs more than 400,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.
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