Case | HBS Case Collection | June 2001 (Revised August 2003)

Home Depot, Inc. in the New Millennium

by Krishna G. Palepu and Jeremy Cott


After nearly two decades of spectacular performance, Home Depot reported a disappointing performance in the year 2000. The company began expanding its business scope as a result of saturating its growth in the core business. This case explores whether the disappointing performance is just a temporary slip or if the company is reaching the limits of sustainability of its competitive advantage.

Keywords: Growth Management; Expansion; Valuation; Performance; Business Strategy; Corporate Finance; Retail Industry;


Palepu, Krishna G., and Jeremy Cott. "Home Depot, Inc. in the New Millennium." Harvard Business School Case 101-117, June 2001. (Revised August 2003.)