While Home Depot reigned supreme as the world's largest home center and Wall Street's favorite home improvement stock for many years, growth at Lowe's, the second-largest home center, is actually outpacing that of Home Depot and many stock analysts now say Lowe's has brighter long-range growth potential.
Both companies reported solid first-quarter growth. Lowe's, Wilkesboro, N.C., reported a 54 percent jump in quarterly earnings on a sharper than expected rise in sales. For the first
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