Lowe’s reported net earnings of $527 million for the quarter ended May 4, a 14.3% increase over the same period a year ago.
Sales for the quarter increased 7.9% to $13.2 billion from $12.2 billion in the first quarter of 2011.
Comparable-store sales for the quarter increased 2.6%, while comparable-store sales for the U.S. business increased 2.7%.
“We delivered solid results for the quarter, consistent with our expectation at the beginning of the year,” said Robert A. Niblock, Lowe’s chairman, president and CEO. “While we capitalized on better than anticipated weather during most of the quarter, demand for seasonal products slowed toward the end.”
Lowe’s results follow a few days after its rival Home Depot announced first-quarter sales and earnings increases of 5.9% and 27.5%, respectively.