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In a first quarter where associate and customer safety took precedence and the company took many measures to limit the spread of coronavirus, Lowe’s was still able to achieve strong sales growth. The home-improvement retailer saw comparable sales grow 11.2% in the first quarter and U.S. home improvement comps grow 12.3% as a result of strong demand from both DIY and pro customers.

President and CEO Marvin Ellison said DIY comps slightly outpaced pro comps in the quarter, likely the result of spring weather in western and southern geographies and home-centered mindsets due to shelter-in-place orders across the United States. Lowe’s has placed a stronger emphasis on the pro customer since Ellison assumed the role of CEO in July 2018.

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