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December 5, 2010

Most question-and-answer segments of earnings calls have a signature exchange that deserves to make the...

Most question-and-answer segments of earnings calls have a signature exchange that deserves to make the highlight reel on the 10 p.m. news.

From the recent Home Depot conference—the one during which the company reported upticks in sales and earnings for its third quarter—included the following:

Analyst: “Are there other types of opportunities outside of the core stores that would make sense to you?”

CEO Frank Blake: “We are focused on our core business.”

September 5, 2010

The Home Depot and Lowe’s managed to post comparable-store sales gains and better profits for...