Interpreting Home Depot’s Financial Statements The 2006 annual report for Home Depot includes the…

Interpreting Home Depot’s Financial Statements

The 2006 annual report for Home Depot includes the following information in the note that summarizes

its accounting policies:

Merchandise Inventories. The majority of the Company’s Merchandise Inventories are

stated at the lower of cost (first-in, first-out) or market, as determined by the retail inventory

method.

A friend knows that you are studying accounting and asks you what this note means.

Required

1. Home Depot uses the first-in, first-out method. Does this mean that it always sells its oldest

merchandise first? Explain your answer.

2. Does Home Depot report inventories on its balance sheet at their retail value? Explain your

answer.