WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

                  PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
                         SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

   Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  May 18, 2004

                           THE HOME DEPOT, INC.
          (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

                Delaware                                 1-8207                               95-3261426
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    (State or other jurisdiction of             (Commission File Number)                     (IRS Employer
             incorporation)                                                                 Identification

          2455 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, Georgia              30339-4024
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         (Address of principal executive offices)              (Zip Code)

    Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (770) 433-8211

                                 Not applicable
      (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


On May 18, 2004, The Home Depot Inc. issued a press release, furnished as
Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated herein by reference, announcing the Company's
financial results for the fiscal quarter ended May 2, 2004.

The information contained in this Current Report on Form 8-K, including the
exhibit attached hereto, is being furnished and shall not be deemed to be
"filed" for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities and Exchange Act of
1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section.
Furthermore, the information contained in this Current Report on Form 8-K shall
not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any registration statement
or other document filed pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                                 THE HOME DEPOT, INC.

                                                /s/ Carol B. Tome
                                              Carol B. Tome
                                              Executive Vice President and
                                              Chief Financial Officer

Dated:  May 18, 2004

                                  EXHIBIT INDEX

Exhibit No.     Description
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99.1            Press Release of The Home Depot, Inc. dated May 18, 2004.