Home Depot meets targets early

ATLANTA — Buoyed by the housing recovery, Home Depot has announced that it will meet its profit improvement goals a year ahead of schedule. In the summer of 2012 the company set an operating margin target of 12% and aimed for 24% return on invested capital by the end of fiscal 2015. Instead, it now says it will reach those numbers by the end of the current fiscal year, the Los Angeles Times reports.