Lowe’s Outperforms Home Depot In Stormy Quarter | Reuters

“When extreme winter weather arrived late in the quarter, our distribution network responded quickly and efficiently to move product where it was most needed,” Lowe’s CEO Robert Niblock said in a statement on Wednesday. Demand was strong for products such snow blowers, space heaters and fittings to fix broken pipes, the company said. Home Depot’s results had raised concerns that the U.S. housing recovery was losing momentum. But Niblock said Lowe’s continued to see strength in “recovery markets” such as California, Arizona and Florida. “With consumers more willing to invest in their homes, the job and income growth forecasted for 2014 should provide the wherewithal for continued home improvement spending,” Niblock said on a call with analysts.

Add “Curb Appeal” and Value to The Home During National Home Improvement Month in May – The Business Journals

Check for changes in the exterior from the previous year and be alert to buckling, rotting, peeling paint or insect damage that may need to be fixed. 3. Check on the gutters. Each year homeowners should check to make sure their gutters are clean, unclogged, securely attached to the home and remain sloped for proper drainage. Plus, make sure the water running off the roof doesn’t cause damage to the building structure, landscaping or property below the roof. 4. Evaluate the windows.

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