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Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:HD) is shutting its remaining seven big box stores in China, as it shifts its concentration in that market to specialty stores and online offerings. The closings will impact around 850 associates who will receive severance packages and assistance in job placement. As a result of this move, Home depot will post an after-tax charge of approximately $160 million, or about 10 cents per diluted share, in the third quarter, which includes lease terminations, impairment of goodwill and other assets, severance and other charges arising from the closure of the stores. Excluding the charge, the company said that it still expects its fiscal year 2012 diluted earnings per share to be up about 19 percent to $2.95 for the year, which is in-line with previous guidance. Home Depot will continue to employ around 170 associates in China, who work in the sourcing offices in Shanghai and Shenzhen, and on its new retail formats team and also in the specialty stores.

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