The takeaway: “Customers clearly feel better about investing in their homes,” Craig Menear, the president of Home Depot’s US retail division, told analysts on the company’s second-quarter earnings conference call. Lighting fixtures, bathroom vanities, and flooring all had a big quarter. Appliances posted double-digit sales growth.
What’s interesting: Home Depot executives noted that sales to larger contractors—known as “pros” in Home Depot lexicon—are outpacing sales overall at the company, which is a good indicator of the health of Home Depot’s housing-related business. However, sales to smaller contractors aren’t growing as fast. “We think a lot of these smaller pros in the depth of the housing recession really exited the business, to start to work for some of the larger pros,” a Home Depot executive told analysts.