Exhibit 99.1

 

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THE HOME DEPOT ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER AND FISCAL 2011 RESULTS;

PROVIDES FISCAL YEAR 2012 GUIDANCE

ATLANTA, February 21, 2012 —

The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today reported sales of $16.0 billion for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, a 5.9 percent increase from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. Comparable store sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 were positive 5.7 percent, and comp sales for U.S. stores were positive 6.1 percent.

Net earnings for the fourth quarter were $774 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, compared with net earnings of $587 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, in the same period of fiscal 2010. For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, diluted earnings per share increased 38.9 percent from the prior year.

Fiscal 2011

Sales for fiscal 2011 were $70.4 billion, an increase of 3.5 percent from fiscal 2010. Total company comparable store sales for the year increased 3.4 percent, and comp sales for U.S. stores were positive 3.0 percent for the year.

Earnings per diluted share in fiscal 2011 were $2.47, compared to $2.01 per diluted share in fiscal 2010, an increase of 22.9 percent.

“We had a strong finish to 2011, and with favorable weather, our business delivered results that exceeded our expectations,” said Frank Blake, chairman & CEO. “I’d like to thank our associates for their hard work and dedication.”

Fiscal 2012 Guidance

The Company will have 53 weeks of operating results in fiscal 2012 and provided the following guidance for fiscal 2012:

 

   

Sales growth of approximately 4 percent including the 53rd week

 

   

53rd week projected to add approximately $1 billion to total sales

 

   

Low single-digit comparable store sales growth for the period

 

   

11 new stores

 

   

Moderate gross margin expansion

 

   

Operating margin expansion of approximately 50 basis points

 

   

Tax rate of approximately 37%

 

   

53rd week expected to contribute approximately 3 cents of diluted earnings per share

 

   

53-week diluted earnings-per-share growth before share repurchases of approximately 10 percent to $2.72

 

   

53-week diluted earnings-per-share growth after anticipated share repurchases of approximately 13 percent to $2.79

 

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The following information was filed by Home Depot Inc (HD) on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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