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Home Depot tops Street on record quarterly sales, raises forecast

* Posts highest quarterly sales in company history

* Q2 comp sales up 6.3 pct vs. est. 4.9 pct

* Customer transactions up 2.7 pct, avg. ticket value up 3.6 pct (Adds real estate data)

By Sruthi Ramakrishnan

Aug 15 (Reuters) - Home Depot Inc's quarterly profit and comparable sales beat Street estimates as homeowners continued to invest in their homes that are appreciating in value.

The No. 1 U.S. home improvement chain also on Tuesday raised its full-year sales and profit forecasts.

Americans have been spending more on their homes as property prices are on the rise in a subdued U.S. housing market, which is facing a supply crunch.

The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas, which tracks residential real estate prices, rose...


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