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Lowe's to Webcast Presentation From Banc of America Securities Consumer Conference

MOORESVILLE, N.C., March 11, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) announces Larry D. Stone, senior executive vice president, operations, of Lowe's Companies, Inc., will present at the Banc of America Securities Consumer Conference in New York, NY.

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     What:  Presentation by Larry D. Stone at the Banc of America Securities
            Conference in New York, NY.

     When:  11:30 AM Eastern Time on Tuesday, March 15, 2005.

            Click on Shareholder Services, Calendar of Events

     How:   Live over the internet - the archived webcast will be available
            through April 1, 2005.

Comments made by management during this conference may include statements, estimates or projections that constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. Although the company believes that comments reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Possible risks and uncertainties regarding these statements include, but are not limited to, changes in domestic economic conditions, the availability of real estate for expansion and its successful development, particularly in major metropolitan markets, the availability of sufficient labor to facilitate growth, fluctuations in prices and availability of product, unanticipated impact of competition, legal or regulatory developments, and weather conditions that affect sales. We provide additional information regarding these and other risks and uncertainties in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (which are available through the company's web site), see "Disclosure Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" in the company's 2003 Annual Report. Any forward-looking statements that are made during the conference speak only as of the date on which they are made and the company expressly disclaims any obligation to update them.

With fiscal year 2004 sales of $36.5 billion, Lowe's Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE(R) 50 company that serves approximately 11 million customers a week at more than 1,075 home improvement stores in 48 states. Based in Mooresville, N.C., the 59-year old company is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world. For more information, visit

SOURCE Lowe's Companies, Inc.

Shareholders and Analysts, Paul Taaffe, +1-704-758-2033, or Media, Chris Ahearn,
+1-704-758-2304, both of Lowe's Companies, Inc.