Home Depot Inc, the world’s No. 1 home-improvement retailer by revenue, reported a 6.4% rise in quarterly net sales.
The company says it was helped along by strong demand from professional contractors and builders.
The company’s net income rose to $1.73 billion, or $1.35 per share, in the third quarter ended November 1, from $1.54 billion, or $1.15 per share, a year earlier.
Net sales rose to $21.82 billion from $20.52.
“During the quarter, we saw broad-based growth across our geographies and product categories, led by growth in transactions from both our DIY and Pro customers,” said Craig Menear, chairman, CEO and president. “I would like to thank our associates for their hard work and dedication to our customers.”
Home Depot said adjusted earnings per share were $1.35 in the June-to-September quarter, beating forecasts for earnings of $1.32 per share and up 17.4% from earnings of $1.15 in the same period a year earlier.
Third quarter of fiscal 2015 results include a pretax expense of $20 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, related to the company’s 2014 data breach.
The retailer expects fiscal 2015 diluted earnings per share to grow by about 14% to $5.36. The company’s guidance assumes foreign exchange rates remain at current levels through the fourth quarter.
Home Depot shares jumped 2.48%, or $3.00, in pre-market trade to $123.80 from Monday’s closing price $120.80.