Lowe's expects 2022 sales to miss estimates as home improvement demand cools

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Lowe’s said it expects 2022 same-store sales to fall as much as 3%, as the easing of coronavirus restrictions encourages Americans to leave behind some pandemic shopping habits such as spending on paint, tools and gardening equipment for DIY projects.

The company forecast 2022 total sales of $94 billion to $97 billion, below analysts’ estimates of $97.66 billion, according to Refinitiv IBES data. Its 2022 earnings per share forecast of $12.25 to $13 was also largely below estimates of $12.93 per share.