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Home Depot Report 5/17/00

Name:               Home Depot
Stock Symbol:       HD
Shares Held:        108 (After 3 for 2 Split)
Date Purchased:     3/10/97
Purchase Price:     $12.78 (Adjusted for splits)
Currently Trading:  $52.25 close on 5/17/00
Percentage Gain   308.84%
Annualized Gain:    97.53% (held 38 months)
Broker Recommendations
   Strong Buy     9 
   Buy           16 
   Hold           3 
   Sell           0
   Strong Sell    0
   Consensus   1.77  (1=Strong Buy, 5=Strong Sell)
-= Home Depot News =-
Home Depot on Tuesday posted a 29 percent increase in first-quarter profit, in line with expectations.
Home Depot earned $629 million, or 27 cents a share, up from $489 million, or 21 cents, a year earlier. That met the consensus estimate of analysts surveyed by First Call.
Home Depot opened 41 new stores and relocated one store during the first quarter of 2000.  At the end of the quarter, the company operated 971 stores, including 892 Home Depot stores, 15 EXPO Design Centers, and two Villager's Hardware stores; 56 Home Depot stores in Canada; four Home Depot stores in Chile; and two Home Depot stores in Puerto Rico.
Home Depot reported strong sales growth in the first quarter of 2000.  Comparable store sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2000 rose 7% from the same period last year.