Outerkay -- Well, thanks for taking a shot at answering my question this time. Yeah, earnings growth has been a few points higher for LOW recently.
Re your hypothesis that Lowe's will enjoy an advantage due to operating in smaller markets ... well, anything's possible!
But unless somebody has done more thinking than outerkay, I think I'll just stay with HD. I get the same eps at a 60% discount & with 85% less debt per share. I'll just try to live with HD's "handicap" of dominating all the major markets.