Home Depot

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Home Depot had to slash prices on certain products last year to retain customers. But the home improvement retailer has been able to capitalize on the first wave of economic recovery, since people who can’t yet afford to buy new houses are renovating their old ones.Home Depot positioned itself to take advantage of the remodeling trend, says CEO Frank Blake. During its latest earnings announcement, he noted that the company experienced year-long sales growth for the first time since 2006. —S.D.

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