A Sharper Edge for Lowe's

The rival home-improvement retailer is in a good spot to capitalize on the disarray in Home Depot's executive suite

By many benchmarks, including sales, gross margins, and profits, Bob Nardelli did a fairly good job at Home Depot (HD). Don't be surprised if his successor has a hard time measuring up to the same financial standards. The next leader of America's biggest home improvement store faces a deteriorating housing market. And the new honcho will have to execute just as Home Depot's archrival Lowe's (LOW) ramps up its assault on the Atlanta company's bread-and-butter business.

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