I cannot personally believe these numbers. Major melt down isnt coming, we are in the middle of it, and HD can still pull out a profit. Certainly says something about how they run their business. Obviously Im excluding their store closings.
As bad as the economy may be, shoppers will be out in full force in the early spring. No better place to put your money than in your home. Instead of a vacation at the beach, stay home and build a fence, reroof the house, etc.