Home Depot Earnings Review: Rough Weather In Q1 Gives Way To Higher Comparable Sales In Q2 – Nasdaq.com

However, pent-up demand and repair and retrofitting activities in spring and summer fueled growth for the retailer this quarter, with comparable sales rising 5.8%, up from only 2.6% in Q1. Home Depot depends on both new and existing house sales, as following the purchase, consumers look to buy home improvement goods and services to furbish their homes. House sales in turn depend on mortgage rates, home prices and unemployment rates.With economic environment in the domestic market looking up for the rest of the year, consumer spending on durable goods is likely to further improve and boost Home Depot’s financial results in the following quarters. http://www.nasdaq.com/article/home-depot-earnings-review-rough-weather-in-q1-gives-way-to-higher-comparable-sales-in-q2-cm384768

Web-Only Merchants – Oh baby! The Honest Co. nabs $70 million in its latest funding round – Internet Retailer

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products through their stores in some markets. Wellington Management Co. LLP led the funding round, and existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners , Institutional Venture Partners, General Catalyst Partners and ICONIQ Capital also contributed. This funding will enable us to expand our current category offerings and availability, and develop products across many new and exciting categories, says Brian Lee, The Honest Co. http://www.internetretailer.com/2014/08/27/oh-baby-honest-co-nabs-70-million-its-latest-funding

Calling 811 Before Digging Protects Life And Property | Valley Life

Its the law in Illinois to place this call before you dig. Even the smallest home improvement job, like planting trees or shrubs, require a call to JULIE to ensure that you dont damage natural gas lines while digging. Related Links Rain gardens, hydroponics, lilies covered in garden workshops Local fire departments regularly respond to calls for natural gas lines being struck and damaged while residents or professionals are digging for various reasons. Damaging a natural gas line can be a very dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation. http://www.vfpnews.com/articles/2014/08/08/b4900e9c0d97472b8d43c262f0831fad/index.xml

Home Depot Announces Menear as CEO, Blake to Remain Chairman – Yahoo Finance

This retail veteran supervised the companys supply-chain networks, simultaneous to serving as chief merchant. Moreover, he managed the companys private brand operations, marketing strategies, its fast growing online business and international sourcing. Management is looking forward to Menear as CEO. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/home-depot-announces-menear-ceo-142002382.html

Best Home Improvement Projects To Boost Resale Value – Mainstreet

10+ simple weekend home improvement projects – Columbus Interior Improvement | Examiner.com

Ceramic tile fix: Simple and budget friendly home improvement for the abode

“People want them because a deck is part of the home now. It creates a zone that you want to hang out in.” Installing a real wood deck can recoup more than 80% of the costs when it comes to selling a home , Faires said. Owners who choose to use real wood such as redwood, cedar or Douglas fir, will discover it makes decks more valuable, compared to composite decking made out of recycled materials mixed with wood. “Wood is sustainable and is going to last for many years to come,” he said. “It’s definitely worth the investment because of wood’s natural beauty and it wears well.” Outdoor living spaces are in high demand for homeowners, with a 92% popularity rating, according to the 2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects. http://www.mainstreet.com/article/real-estate/improvements/best-home-improvement-projects-boost-resale-value

Lowe’s Is Yet Another Overvalued Home Improvement Retailer – Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) | Seeking Alpha

Or, add a reflective material such as metal tile, glass or mirror to maximize light and give the illusion of more space in a small kitchen. There are many inexpensive ways to update the kitchen backsplash in just a day or two. Paint outdoor furniture Spruce up old metal patio furniture with in just a day. Simply sand down rusted spots, clean furniture with TSP cleaner, and spray paint with Rust-Oleum spray paint. http://www.examiner.com/article/10-simple-weekend-home-improvement-projects

The peak of the cycle is not the right time to buy. Lowe’s ( LOW ) has outpaced the growth of the S&P 500 (see chart below) over the last five years, particularly since 2013. SPY data by YCharts Over the past four years, the company has grown its sales at an annualized rate of 3.1% per year, from $47.2B in FY09 to $53.4B in FY13. Operating income and net income have grown faster at annualized rates of 7.5% and 6.45%, respectively, driven primarily by a slight increase in gross margins as well as by increased operating leverage. http://seekingalpha.com/article/2290933-lowes-is-yet-another-overvalued-home-improvement-retailer

Home Prices In 20 U.s. Cities Rose In June At A Slower Pace – Bloomberg

Around the SEC – Western Division Preview – Yahoo Sports

Residential real estate has yet to bounce back fully from a cold and wet winter that slowed sales early this year. Contracts on new homes fell unexpectedly in July to a 412,000 annualized pace, their weakest level since March, the Commerce Department reported yesterday. Still, there are signs of progress. Construction rebounded last month, with starts climbing 15.7 percent to a 1.09 million annualized rate. Resales of existing homes also picked up, increasing to a 5.15 million pace, the best showing since September, according to the National Association of Realtors. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-26/home-prices-in-20-u-s-cities-increased-in-june-at-a-slower-pace.html

However, I’m giving them the edge in a late contest over LSU – this is one of my boldest predictions in the West, but weirder things have happened. Wins: Lamar, Rice, @SMU, @Mississippi State, Ole Miss, ULM, LSU Losses: @South Carolina, vs. Arkansas, @Alabama, @Auburn, Missouri LSU Tigers (9-3, 5-3 SEC) I’m not sure what to make of this team. The Tigers seem to have underachieved last year, and they lost a lot of key contributors. Leonard Fournette should help their offense out but I don’t know that the team will be settled enough to win early games at Auburn and at Florida. http://sports.yahoo.com/news/around-sec-western-division-preview-193002847.html

Top 500 U.S. E-Retailers – Books-A-Million names a vice president of e-commerce – Internet Retailer

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Plenty, says … Posted 05/29/2014 2:17 PM 0 Ask The Experts Will links from directories move me up in Google search results? There are better ways to improve SEO results. http://www.internetretailer.com/2014/08/28/books-million-names-vice-president-e-commerce

Americans Want A Smart Home Because They Are Anxious, Forgetful And Couch Potatoes — Tech News And Analysis

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photo: S. Higginbotham Seven in ten Americans want a smart home so they can turn on lights, close garage doors and lock their back door from their bed according to survey data released Wednesday by Lowes . The other primary reason they want a smart home is because they want security cameras and monitoring, and 21 percent of them are willing to pay a monthly fee in order to get it. http://gigaom.com/2014/08/27/americans-want-a-smart-home-because-they-are-anxious-forgetful-and-couch-potatoes/

Home Prices in 20 U.S. Cities Rose in June at a Slower Pace – Bloomberg

Estimates ranged from 7.7 percent to 9 percent. Another report confirmed price gains are decelerating. Property values rose 0.8 percent in the second quarter from the previous three months after increasing 1.3 percent at the start of the year, according to figures from the Federal Housing Finance Agency. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-26/home-prices-in-20-u-s-cities-increased-in-june-at-a-slower-pace.html

Vmas 2014: Hits And Misses | Slideshow | Fox News

Things we learned from Week 24 – Yahoo Sports

FoxNews.com http://www.foxnews.com/ Amber Rose: Miss Rose’s outfit was a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen. The new mom appeared to have left half of her look at home. She showed plenty of skin in her strange sliver chain bra-top with a matching silver thong underneath. AP amber-rose-vma-not Katy Perry and Riff Raff: Throwback The pop diva and rapper Riff Raff (L) spoofed Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake’s 2001 VMA outfits. http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/slideshow/2014/08/25/vmas-2014-hot-or-not/

The race for fifth in the West is probably not to 50 points There is one playoff spot up for grabs in the Western Conference. Seattle, RSL, FCD and LA all look to be set fair to get past 50 points for this season, and the remaining five teams in the conference will each have to play much better than they have managed so far to reach 50, let alone beyond. Still, the cutoff for the playoffs is being held at 50 for the moment, because it is just about feasible one of the bottom-five teams in the West might go on a run. Say what? OK – let’s eliminate Chivas USA from the equation. http://sports.yahoo.com/news/things-learned-week-24-152416482.html

German Stocks Tarred By War Find Buyers At Record Value – Bloomberg

He owns shares in Kuka AG, a robotics supplier that earned 67 percent of its sales outside its home market last year, and BASF SE, a chemicals maker that made about 80 percent of its revenue in markets other than Germany. The euro has fallen 5 percent against the dollar from a March high. The currency is trading at its lowest level in almost a year after European investors facing record-low interest rates sent the most money overseas in six years. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-24/german-stocks-tarred-by-war-find-buyers-at-record-value.html

Van Persie return boosts Man United – Yahoo Sports

The Dutchman joked he had gone from a king to a devil in the space of two weeks. While he has made light of the reaction to a first defeat since he took over, he accepts that United must get off the mark against Gus Poyet”s Sunderland side. Van Gaal added: “For sportsmen you know that you can lose a game. I think that the players have suffered that last year too and I think they have responded well.a “In pre-season in the United States we beat good opponents but I agree with the media that you have to win a home match against Swansea. “I know that we have to win very quickly. http://sports.yahoo.com/news/van-persie-return-boosts-man-united-045750344–sow.html