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Lowe's

AH, THE SWEET smell of untapped markets. While archrival Home Depot Inc. is pulling back on the pace of new store openings as it approaches saturation in the U.S. market, No. 2 home improvement retailer Lowe’s is still in full growth mode. The Mooresville (N.C.) company opened its first store in New Hampshire in 2005 and added a total of 150 stores overall. Its bright, airy, and female-friendly stores and an established reputation for customer service are luring shoppers from Home Depot. And Lowe’s stock continues to be a darling of Wall Street: It’s up more than 210% over the past five years.

Company Info

2005 Rank

64

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COMPANY INFO

LOW

Market Value
$ Million

53,453.1

Total Return
$ Million
(1-yr.) 16.4
(3-yr.) 75.0
2005 Sales
$ Billion

43.2

Sales Growth
$ Million
(1-yr.) 19
(3-yr.) 17.8
Long-Term Growth Est. %

17.0

Net income
$ Million

2,771.0

Net Income Growth
$ Million
(1-yr.) 27
(3-yr.) 22.8
Net Margin %*

6.4

Return on Inv. Capital (%)*

15.5

Share Price
12-Mo. Hi/Lo

70/51

P/E Ratio

20

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*Trailing 12 months
Company data as of 2/28/06 provided by Standard & Poor's Compustat

Robert A. Niblock

Robert A. Niblock, 43

CEO since 2005


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