Forgive me if this sounds archaic: home improvement is still a man’s world. Despite the fact that many “Honey-Do” lists are evolving into “Honey-I-Can-Do” mantras thanks to the increasing influence of Pinterest, blogs, and an age of “look what I did” D-I-Y social sharing, the female segment in the home improvement category is still trailing her male counterparts.
Case in point: the Home Depot upswing. The retailer’s 7% comp store sales increases in Q4 2012 eclipsed the 1.9% increase posted by rival Lowe’s. Home Depot’s stock has also become a star performer as of late, recently reaching a 52 week high, once again outpacing Lowe’s. With the housing market and our Happiness Score – a leading indicator of key economic markers, including housing starts – perking up, it seems that Home Depot is better positioned to take advantage of the possible housing spoils to come this spring.
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