Home Depot results top estimates (Reuters)

A Home Depot employee assists a customer loading her car Monday, Jan 26, 2009, in El Cerrito, Calif. Home Depot Inc. plans to eliminate 7,000 jobs while shutting down its smaller home improvement brands as the recession continues to batter the nation's housing market. Most of the cuts affect workers at Expo Design Centers, YardBIRDS, Design Centers and HD Bath, a bath remodeling business. Combined, the four operate about four dozen locations. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Reuters – Top home improvement retailer Home Depot Inc delivered better-than-expected quarterly results on Tuesday as it held down expenses, but said per-share operating profit would fall in 2009.

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