Lowe’s outpaced earnings estimates on Wednesday, as projects by home professionals helped drive sales in the second quarter.
Shares fell less than 1% in premarket trading.
Here’s what the company reported for the fiscal second quarter ended July 30 compared with what Wall Street was expecting, based on a survey of analysts by Refinitiv:
Lowe’s profits rose to $3.02 billion, or $4.25 per share, from $2.83 billion, or $3.74 per share, a year earlier. The results outpaced the $4.01 per share expected by analysts surveyed by Refinitiv.
Net sales climbed to $27.57 billion from $27.30 billion last year, and were higher than analysts’ expectations of $26.85 billion.
The home improvement retailer has reported quarter after quarter of eye-popping growth. However, that has teed up almost inevitable disappointment for investors as consumers reemerge into the world and can choose to spend money in other ways, from booking vacations to planning parties.
Lowe’s rival, Home Depot, fell short of expectations for same-store sales in the fiscal second quarter, as some customers’ appetite for do-it-yourself projects faded. The company also declined to provide an outlook for the year, citing uncertainty about factors from supply chain headaches to the delta variant’s influence on consumer spending. Its shares closed down 4.27% to $320.75 on Tuesday.
Lowe’s shares closed down 5.8% to $182.26 on Tuesday after Home Depot’s earnings report. They’re up about 14% so far this year.