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Earns Home Depot

Department signs hang at a Home Depot story in Chicago, Friday, Aug. 8, 2008. The Home Depot Inc., the nation’s largest home improvement retailer, reported a 24 percent drop in second-quarter profit, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008, but beat Wall Street expectations. The company reiterated its downbeat outlook for the year amid a weak housing and home improvement market that shows no signs of recovery. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)