Sales fell 3.7% to $10.41 billion, helped by the opening of 58 stores.
Sales from stores open at least a year slipped 5.3%. The Mooresville, N.C., company, which ended the period with 1,385 stores, had expected same-store sales to be down between 4% to 6% in the latest period.
"We are encouraged by indications that our sales trends have bottomed," said Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Niblock in a written statement. "As a result, we believe our comparable store sales performance will gradually improve throughout 2007."
Lowe's expects to earn 49 cents to 51 cents for the fiscal first quarter and register sales growth of 5% to 6%. The company anticipates a same-store sales decline of 2% to 4% for the period.
For the fiscal year, the company expects to open 150 to 160 stores and estimates total sales growing at about 10%. Same-store sales are projected to be flat to up 2%, and earnings are estimated to be in the range of $2.02 to $2.09 a share.