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  • Samsung says it will double the sales of its smartphones and tablets from a year ago. Although the company passed archenemy Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) in terms of smartphone sales last year, they both remain behind Nokia (NYSE: NOK) in terms of total phone-handset sales overall, including both smartphones and less-sophisticated cellphones.
  • Lowe's (NYSE: LOW) rode the winter heat wave to higher-than-expected quarterly sales, joining Home Depot (NYSE: HD) with strong results.

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