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Comparing Financial Information

Refer to the financial statements of The Home Depot in Appendix A and Lowe’s in Appendix B at the end of this book, or download the annual reports from the Cases section

Required:

1. Did Lowe’s sales revenues increase or decrease in the year ended January 30, 2009, as compared to the preview year? By how much? Calculate this change as a percentage of the previous year’s sales revenues. Is the trend in Lowe’s sales revenues more or less favorable than The Home Depot’s?

2. State the amount of the largest expense on the income statement of Lowe’s for the year ended January 30, 2009, and describe the transaction represented by the expense. Did this expense increase or decrease and by what percentage, as compared to the previous year? Is the trend in Lowe’s largest expense more or less favorable than the trend for The Home Depot’s largest expense?

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