A Sharper Edge for Lowe's
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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