Company revenues also were hurt by the lower price of lumber, officials said.
Net earnings during the quarter were $2.8 billion, compared with net earnings of $2.9 billion in the same period of fiscal 2018.
In the morning teleconference, Home Depot executives said they expect sales for this fiscal year to be about 1.8% higher than the previous year. They had earlier forecast a 2.3% gain.
After the report, Home Depot shares dropped 7.5% in early trading, although the stock recovered somewhat during the morning. By early afternoon, shares of Home Depot were still down a little more than 5%.
The company has 2,290 stores and more than 400,000 employees. In Georgia, Home Depot has 91 stores and about 27,100 employees.
In the past year, Home Depot has opened only five new stores and has relied on getting more revenue out of its existing business. Retail stores and the company’s online business have complemented each other. Roughly half of online orders are picked up in stores, and 20% of those customers buy something from the store while they are making the pick-up.