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Home Depot Profit Tops Estimates as Housing Market Heals

Home Depot Inc., the largest U.S. home-improvement retailer, posted third-quarter profit that topped analysts’ estimates as the recovering U.S. housing market prompted customers to spend more on home repairs.

Net income climbed 1.4 percent to $947 million, or 63 cents a share, from $934 million, or 60 cents, a year earlier, the Atlanta-based company said today in a statement. Excluding some items, profit was 74 cents. The average estimate of 25 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg was 70 cents. Sales rose 4.6 percent to $18.1 billion, topping the $17.9 billion average estimate.