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A clerk assists customers at the garden center at a Home Depot store in Harrisburg, Pa., on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. As swaths of Pennsylvania prepare for a limited reopening Friday, some fed-up business owners are jumping the gun and have resumed serving customers in defiance of Gov. Tom Wolf’s shutdown order. Home Depot said Wednesday that

Cost of spreading virus weighed on Home Depot in early 2020

May. 19, 2020 6:56 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The cost of the spreading coronavirus pandemic dragged on profits early in the year at Home Depot. The world's biggest home improvement chain upped compensation for employees, extended dependent care benefits and waived related co-pays. That set Home Depot back by $850 million in pre-tax...