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Six Industries That Could Reap a Blizzard of Profits

This season's series of colossal storms have cost millions of dollars for states, municipalities and businesses. But companies in these six industries are finding that the rough winter's snows are a gift from the weatherman.

How to get energy tax credits in 2011

Energy Star label on an applianceIf you think you may have missed out on energy tax credits because you didn't get to those energy-saving improvements on your 2010 to-do list, think...

Home Depot Raises 2010 Outlook, Predicts Growth for 2011

Home Depot raised its 2010 outlook, and expects both sales and profits to rise in 2011, when it plans to open 10 new stores. The nation's biggest home improvement retailer expects sales to rise approximately 2.3%, up from a previously projected 2.2% gain.

The Housing Mess Hits One New York Town Hard

In some parts of the U.S., the real estate market remains deep in recession. But even with housing prices sitting at multi-year lows, millions of houses remain empty, unable to attract buyers haunted by unemployment and a weak economy. As part of a new series, Ghost Towns of the Great Recession, DailyFinance takes a look at one town near New York City that is still struggling with the effects of the great real estate bust.

Home Depot Profit Jumps 21% on Cost Cuts

The nation's largest home improvement retailer reported that its third quarter net earnings rose a higher-than-expected 21% due to lower expenses and cost cuts. Additionally, Home Depot raised its fiscal 2010 earnings outlook.

Home Depot Reports Earnings of $1.2 Billion

Retail giant The Home Depot (HD) reported second quarter of fiscal 2010 earnings of $1.2 billion, or 72 cents per diluted share, up from $1.1 billion, or 66 cents per diluted share in the year-ago quarter. Sales for the quarter were $19.4 billion, a 1.8% gain from the second quarter of fiscal 2009, the company said in a statement. Comparable store sales were up 1.7% in the second quarter of fiscal 2010.

Going green? Not so much

Green may be the buzzword of the day in the construction industry, but buyers are increasingly skeptical when they find out green homes may cost more...