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Lowe's Promotes Edwards to Senior Vice President-Store Operations

MOORESVILLE, N.C., July 6, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) announced today that William W. (Bill) Edwards has been promoted to senior vice president-store operations for the north central division. He replaces Nick Canter, who was recently promoted to executive vice president- store operations. Edwards will report to Canter.

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"Bill is an outstanding leader with deep store operations and retail experience," said Canter. "Throughout his career, he has delivered consistently strong results in both mature markets and new metropolitan areas. He will be a tremendous asset as we continue to serve customers across the north central United States."

Edwards, 45, served most recently as regional vice president of Lowe's mid-Atlantic region based in Richmond, Virginia. He joined Lowe's in 1993 and has 23 years of retail experience. During his 12 years with the company, he has also served as store manager and district manager. Edwards earned a degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina- Wilmington.

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 1,100 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

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