ATLANTA, GA -- The Home Depot, the world's largest home improvement retailer, reported a net profit of $1 billion for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, on sales of $18.2 billion. Sales increased 13.9 percent from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011. Comparable store sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 increased 7.0 percent, and comp sales for U.S. stores were 7.1 percent.
"We ended the year with a strong performance as our business benefited from a continued recovery in the housing market coupled with sales related to repairs in the areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy," said Frank Blake, chairman & CEO. "I'd like to thank our associates for their hard work and dedication."
The Company today announced that its board of directors declared a 34 percent increase in its quarterly dividend to $0.39 cents per share. "The board increased the dividend for the fourth time in as many years. In line with our targeted dividend payout of 50 percent, the dividend increase is a testament to our commitment to create value for our shareholders," said Blake. The dividend is payable on March 28, 2013, to shareholders of record on the close of business on March 14, 2013. This is the 104th consecutive quarter the Company has paid a cash dividend.