A recovery in the U.S. housing market helped Home Depot to top profit and sales estimates for the third quarter, prompting the No. 1 home improvement chain to raise its fiscal-year outlook for the third time this year on Tuesday.
A rise in home prices has encouraged homeowners to take up delayed projects and invest more in their properties this year. The housing recovery has also sparked professional contractors to spend more, helping sales at home improvement chains.
Home Depot has also improved distribution, cut costs and tailored marketing and merchandising efforts to local markets. Smaller rival Lowe's is due to report results on Wednesday.
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