Lowe’s Q2 profit up 10%; trims outlook

Mooresville, N.C. -- Lowe's second-quarter net income rose a better-than-expected 10%, helped by improving weather. But the chain lowered its full-year revenue outlook slightly, citing its year-to-date sales and prior assumptions for the second half.

For the three months ended Aug. 1, Lowe's Cos. earned $1.04 billion, up from $941 million in the prior year.

Revenue increased 6% to $16.6 billion, topping Wall Street's estimates.

Same-store sales were up 4.4%.

"We believe home improvement spending will continue to progress in tandem with strengthening job and income growth," stated chairman, president and CEO Robert Niblock. “Our year-to-date sales performance, together with our previous assumptions for the second half of 2014, result in a modest reduction to our sales outlook for the year. Our diluted earnings per share outlook is unchanged, which is a testament to our keen focus on profitability."

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