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11/12/14Grainger Reports October 2014 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Nov. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of October 2014.  Sales increased 6 percent versus October 2013. Results for the month included a 1 percentage point contribution from acquisitions, net of dispositions, and a 2 percentage points decline from unfavorable foreign exchange.  Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic sales increased 7 percent driven by 6 percentage points of volume growth and a 1 percentage point contribution from sales of Ebola-related safety products.  The month of October 2014 had 23 selling days, the same as October 2013.  The 2014 fourth quarter will have 64 selling days, the same as the 2013 f... 
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11/12/14Grainger Provides Outlook At Analyst Meeting
Reiterates 2014 guidance and issues 2015 EPS guidance of $12.90 to $13.80 CHICAGO, Nov. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today held its Annual Analyst Meeting in Lake Forest, Illinois.  Grainger Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Ryan hosted the event.  The meeting also included presentations from other Grainger leaders. "We continue to lead the consolidation of the large and highly fragmented MRO industry by responding to the evolving needs of our customers.  In order to accelerate our share gain, we plan to increase our investments in... 
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11/10/14Grainger To Host Annual Analyst Meeting
CHICAGO, Nov. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, will host its Annual Analyst Meeting on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014, in Lake Forest, Illinois.  Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Ryan will host the event.  The meeting will also include presentations from the following leaders: DG Macpherson, Senior Vice President and Group President,  Global Supply Chain & International Court Carruthers, Senior Vice President and Group President, Americas Ron Jadin, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer The event will be webcast ... 
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10/29/14Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. today declared a cash dividend of $1.08 per share payable on December 1, 2014, to shareholders of record on November 10, 2014. W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2013 sales of $9.4 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with operations in Asia, Europe and Latin America. SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc. Media: Joseph Micucci, Director, Media Relations, O: 847-535-0879, M: 847-830-5328; Grainger Media Relations Hotline, 847-535-5678; Investors: Laura Brown, SVP, Communications & Investor Relations, O: 847-535-0409, M: 847-804-1383; William Chapman, Sr... 
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10/16/14Grainger Reports Results For The 2014 Third Quarter
Quarterly Highlights -- Sales of $2.6 billion, up 7 percent -- Operating earnings of $386 million, up 11 percent -- EPS of $3.30, up 12 percent CHICAGO, Oct. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the 2014 third quarter ended September 30, 2014.  Sales of $2.6 billion increased 7 percent versus $2.4 billion in the 2013 third quarter.  There were 64 selling days in the quarter, the same as in 2013.  Net earnings for the third quarter increased 9 percent to $230 million versus $211 million in 2013.  Earnings per share of $3.30 increased 12 percent versus $2.95 in 2013. "We were pleased with the overall performance of the business in the quarter,... 
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09/12/14Grainger Reports August 2014 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Sept. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of August 2014.  Daily sales increased 7 percent versus August 2013.  Results for the month included 2 percentage points from acquisitions, net of dispositions, and a 1 percentage point decline from unfavorable foreign exchange.  Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic daily sales increased 6 percent driven by volume.  The month of August 2014 had 21 selling days versus 22 selling days in August 2013.  The 2014 third quarter will have 64 selling days, the same number as the 2013 third quarter.    August Daily Sales by Segment 2014 v. 2013 Uni... 
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09/09/14Grainger Names Dean Johnson As New President Of Acklands-Grainger
CHICAGO, Sept. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today announced it has named Dean Johnson as president of its Canadian business, Acklands-Grainger.  Johnson assumes this role from Eric Nowlin who elected to return to California with his family at the end of his expat assignment. "We thank Eric for his leadership and years of service to Grainger, and we wish him well," said Court Carruthers, senior vice president and group president, Americas.  "We are excited to welcome Dean to Grainger.  He is an exceptional leader with a proven track record of success. ... 
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09/04/14Grainger Announces World's First Data Center Certified by New LEED Standards
Facility is Expected to Consume up to 50 Percent Less Energy for Cooling than Similar Data Centers CHICAGO, Sept. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today announced its new data center in Lake Forest, Ill., is certified as the world's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) facility of this type.  This data center features an advanced cooling system.  The energy used for cooling the facility is controlled by strictly managing the air flow, using outside air to cool the facility. As a result, Grainger expects the new data center to consum... 
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09/02/14Acklands-Grainger Inc. Completes Acquisition Of WFS Enterprises Inc.
TORONTO, ON September 2, 2014 – Acklands-Grainger Inc., Canada’s largest distributor of industrial, safety and fastener products, today announced that it has completed its acquisition of WFS Enterprises Inc. (WFS), a leading distributor of tools and supplies to industrial markets in Southern Ontario and select U.S. locations. Acklands-Grainger previously announced its agreement to acquire WFS on July 21, 2014. Founded in 1955 as Windsor Factory Supply and based in Windsor, Ontario, WFS offers customers more than 100,000 maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products with a focus on safety, metalworking, plumbing, and hand and power tools. The company employs approxima... 
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08/13/14Grainger Reports July 2014 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of July 2014.  Sales increased 6 percent versus July 2013.  Results for the month included 2 percentage points from acquisitions, net of dispositions, and a 1 percentage point decline from unfavorable foreign exchange.  Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic sales increased 5 percent driven by 5 percentage points from volume and 1 percentage point from the favorable timing of the July 4th holiday in the United States, partially offset by a 1 percentage point decline from lower sales of seasonal products.  The month of July 2014 had 22 selling days, the same as in July 2013.  T... 
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07/30/14Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) today declared a cash dividend of $1.08 per share payable on September 1, 2014, to shareholders of record on August 11, 2014. W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2013 sales of $9.4 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with operations in Asia, Europe and Latin America. SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc. Media: Joseph Micucci, Director, Media Relations, O: 847-535-0879, M: 847-830-5328; Grainger Media Relations Hotline, 847-535-5678; Investors: Laura Brown, SVP, Communications & Investor Relations, O: 847-535-0409, M: 847-804-1383; William ... 
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07/29/14Grainger Adds New Member To Board Of Directors
CHICAGO, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger's Board of Directors has appointed Rodney C. Adkins to the board, bringing the total number of members to 11. The appointment is effective July 29, 2014. Mr. Adkins, 55, has held multiple leadership positions in a 30-year career at International Business Machines Corporation, including senior vice president of Corporate Strategy and senior vice president of the Systems and Technology Group. He has deep experience at IBM leading global teams in a number of development and management roles. Mr. Adkins is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Executive Leadership Council and the National Society of Black Engineers, which in 2001 a... 
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07/23/14Grainger To Present At Upcoming Investor Conferences
CHICAGO, July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, today announced its participation at investor conferences during the 2014 third quarter. August 6, 2014 at 9:15 a.m. EDT, Laura Brown, Senior Vice President, Communications & Investor Relations will present at the CFA Society of Minnesota Conference in Minneapolis, MN. September 16, 2014 at 12:45 p.m. EDT, Court Carruthers, Senior Vice President and Group President, Americas will present at the 2nd Annual Morgan Stanley Conference in Dana Point, CA. Interested parties can access the live audio webcast of e... 
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07/21/14Acklands-Grainger Announces Agreement to Acquire WFS Enterprises Inc.
Toronto, ON July 21, 2014 – Acklands-Grainger, Canada’s largest distributor of industrial, safety and fastener products, today announced its agreement to acquire WFS Enterprises Inc., a leading distributor of tools and supplies to industrial markets in Southern Ontario and select U.S. locations. The acquisition is expected to be accretive in the first calendar year of operations. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1955 as Windsor Factory Supply and based in Windsor, Ontario, WFS offers customers more than 100,000 products with a focus on safety, metalworking, plumbing, and hand and power tools. The company employs approximately 275 peopl... 
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07/17/14Grainger Reports Results For The 2014 Second Quarter
Revises 2014 EPS Guidance Reported EPS of $2.94 Includes $0.15 Non-Cash Charge Quarterly Highlights -- Sales of $2.5 billion, up 5 percent -- U.S. Segment up 7 percent -- Adjusted EPS of $3.09, up 2 percent -- $161 million returned to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends CHICAGO, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the 2014 second quarter ended June 30, 2014.  Sales of $2.5 billion increased 5 percent versus $2.4 billion in the 2013 second quarter.  There were 64 selling days in the quarter, the same as in 2013.  Net earnings for the quarter decreased 5 percent to $206 million versus $218 million in 2013.  Earning... 
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06/13/14Grainger Announces Plans For New Northeast Distribution Center
Company purchases land to build 1.3 million square-foot facility in New Jersey CHICAGO, June 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today announced the purchase of 96 acres of land in Bordentown Township, N.J.  The company plans to build a 1.3 million square-foot distribution center on this property, which is scheduled to open in 2016. "Our new distribution center will allow us to get more products next day to our customers in the Northeast, so they have what they need to help keep their operations running and their people safe," said Paige Robbins, vice pre... 
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06/12/14Grainger Reports May 2014 Sales Results
CHICAGO, June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of May 2014.  Daily sales increased 6 percent versus May 2013.  Results for the month included 2 percentage points from acquisitions, net of dispositions, and a 1 percentage point decline from unfavorable foreign exchange.  Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic daily sales increased 5 percent driven by 6 percentage points from volume partially offset by a 1 percentage point decline from lower sales of seasonal products.  The month of May 2014 had 21 selling days versus 22 selling days in May 2013.  The 2014 second quarter will have 64 selling days, the same number as the 2013... 
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06/03/14Grainger Marks National Safety Month With Sweepstakes And "Ask The Expert" Session
CHICAGO, June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products, and a leader in safety services and solutions, today announced it is conducting a sweepstakes and hosting a safety Q&A session in June for National Safety Month. "Safety is a concern for every organization, regardless of the industry and Grainger has decades of experience in helping our customers, regardless of the safety challenge," said Nino Granatiero, vice president, Safety Business Line with Grainger.  "Grainger works with customers to help them save time and money, and most importantly, help their employees go home in the same condition th... 
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05/13/14Grainger Reports April 2014 Sales Results
CHICAGO, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of April 2014.  Sales increased 5 percent versus April 2013.  Results for the month included 1 percentage point from acquisitions, net of dispositions, and a 1 percentage point decline from unfavorable foreign exchange.  Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic sales increased 5 percent driven by 7 percentage points from volume, partially offset by 2 percentage points from the timing of the Easter holiday.  April 2014 had 22 selling days, the same as April 2013.  The 2014 second quarter will have 64 selling days, the same number as the 2013 second quarter.    Apr... 
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05/02/14Grainger To Present At Upcoming Investor Conferences
CHICAGO, May 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, today announced its planned participation at the following investor conferences during the 2014 second quarter. May 6, 2014 at 11:20 a.m. EDT, DG Macpherson, Senior Vice President and Group President, Global Supply Chain and International will present at the Baird Growth Stock Conference in Chicago, IL. May 21, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. EDT, Jim Ryan, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer and Ron Jadin, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer will present at the Electrical Products Group Conference in... 
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04/30/14Grainger's Shareholders Elect 10 Directors And Other Meeting Highlights
CHICAGO, April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- At the Grainger (NYSE: GWW) annual shareholder meeting held in Lake Forest, Illinois, today, Grainger Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Ryan provided an update on the state of the business and a recap of 2013 full year and 2014 first quarter performance.  A copy of his speech is available at www.grainger.com/investor. Shareholders re-elected the following 10 directors: Brian P. Anderson Michael J. Roberts V. Ann Hailey Gary L. Rogers William K. Hall James T. Ryan Stuart L. Levenick E. Scott Santi Neil S. Novich ... 
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04/30/14Grainger Increases Quarterly Dividend By 16 Percent And Replenishes Share Repurchase Authorization
CHICAGO, April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) announced today that its board of directors voted to raise the quarterly cash dividend by 16 percent to $1.08 per share payable on June 1, 2014, to shareholders of record on May 12, 2014.  Grainger has provided 43 consecutive years of increased dividends. In addition, the board authorized the purchase of up to 10 million shares of the company's outstanding common stock.  Since 1984, Grainger has reduced the number of shares outstanding by more than 40 percent and returned approximately $4.9 billion to shareholders.  As of March 31, 2014, the company had approximately 69 million shares of common stock outstanding. "... 
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04/16/14Grainger Reports Record Results For The 2014 First Quarter
Reiterates 2014 Sales and EPS Guidance Quarterly Highlights -- Sales of $2.4 billion, up 5 percent -- March sales up 8 percent, including 1 pp benefit from holiday timing -- Operating earnings of $354 million, up 3 percent -- EPS of $3.07, up 4 percent -- Repurchased 615,000 shares CHICAGO, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the 2014 first quarter ended March 31, 2014.  Sales of $2.4 billion increased 5 percent versus $2.3 billion in the first quarter of 2013.  There were 63 selling days in the 2014 first quarter, the same number as the 2013 first quarter.  Net earnings for the quarter increased 2 percent to $217 million versus... 
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04/08/14Public Safety Curriculums Become Part of Grainger's Tools for Tomorrow® Scholarship Program
Company also Invites 25 Community Colleges to Join its Roster CHICAGO, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today announced the expansion of its Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship program to offer financial assistance to qualified students enrolled in public safety programs. Public safety is one of the fastest growing fields of study at community colleges. According to a 2013 report by the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of students choosing homeland security, law enforcement or fire safety programs increased 174 percent betw... 
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03/13/14Grainger Reports February 2014 Sales Results
CHICAGO, March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of February 2014.  Sales increased 3 percent versus February 2013.  Results for the month included 2 percentage points from acquisitions, net of dispositions, and a 2 percentage points decline from unfavorable foreign exchange.  Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic sales increased 3 percent driven by 4 percentage points from volume, 1 percentage point from increased sales of seasonal products, partially offset by a 2 percentage points decline from business disruptions due to the extreme weather that closed customer and Grainger facilities across the United States at times d... 
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02/19/14Ten Directors Slated For Grainger's Board To Be Voted On At The Company's Annual Meeting On April 30, 2014
CHICAGO, Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) today selected a slate of nominees to serve for the 2014 – 2015 period.  The ten candidates, all current board members, to be voted on at the annual meeting are: Brian P. Anderson V. Ann Hailey William K. Hall Stuart L. Levenick Neil S. Novich Michael J. Roberts Gary L. Rogers James T. Ryan E. Scott Santi James D. Slavik John W. McCarter, Jr. will not stand for re-election.  Mr. McCarter has been a board member of Grainger since 1990 and served as a member of the Board Affairs and Nominating Committee and the Compensation Committee.   Grainger Chairman, President and Chief Execu... 
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02/17/14Grainger To Present At Upcoming Investor Conferences
CHICAGO, Feb. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, today announced its participation at investor conferences during the months of February and March 2014. February 20, 2014 at 9:45 a.m. EST, Ron Jadin, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, will present at the Barclays Industrial Select Conference in Miami, FL. March 4, 2014 at 8:40 a.m. EST, Court Carruthers, Senior Vice President and Group President, Americas, will present at the Raymond James 35th Annual Institutional Investors Conference in Orlando, FL. March 10, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. EDT, Paul Mille... 
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02/13/14Grainger Reports January 2014 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of January 2014.  Sales increased 3 percent versus January 2013. Results for the month included 1 percentage point from acquisitions, net of dispositions, and a 2 percentage points decline from unfavorable foreign exchange.  Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic sales increased 4 percent driven by 2 percentage points from volume, 2 percentage points from price and 2 percentage points from strong sales of seasonal products, partially offset by a 2 percentage points decline from business disruptions due to the extreme weather that closed customer and Grainger facilities across ... 
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01/29/14Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. declared a cash dividend of 93 cents per share payable on March 1, 2014, to shareholders of record on February 10, 2014. W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2013 sales of $9.4 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with operations in Asia, Europe and Latin America. SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc. Media: Joseph Micucci, Director, Media Relations, O: 847-535-0879, M: 847-830-5328 or Grainger Media Relations Hotline, 847-535-5678 or Investors: Laura Brown, SVP, Communications & Investor Relations, O: 847-535-0409, M: 847-804-1383, William Chapman, Sr. ... 
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01/24/14Grainger Reports Record Results For Year Ended December 31, 2013
Company Adjusts 2014 Guidance for Foreign Exchange Headwinds; Now Expects $12.10 to $12.85 Earnings per Share 2013 Highlights -- Sales of $9.4 billion, up 5 percent -- Reported EPS of $11.13, up 17 percent -- Adjusted EPS of $11.52, up 10 percent -- Operating cash flow of $986 million, up 21 percent CHICAGO, Jan. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported record results for the year ended December 31, 2013.  Sales of $9.4 billion increased 5 percent versus $9.0 billion in 2012.  Reported net earnings of $797 million increased 16 percent versus $690 million in 2012.  Reported earnings per share of $11.13 increased 17 percent versus $9.52 in 2012.  The years... 
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12/13/13Grainger's MonotaRO Named To Forbes Asia "Best Under A Billion" List
CHICAGO, Dec. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MonotaRO, a Japan-based leading eCommerce direct marketer of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products, and affiliate of Grainger (NYSE: GWW), recently was named to the Forbes Asia "Best Under A Billion" list, which highlights 200 of the best small and mid-sized publicly traded companies in Asia Pacific.  "Congratulations to our MonotaRO team members," said DG Macpherson, Senior Vice President and Group President, Global Supply Chain and International with Grainger.  "MonotaRO and Grainger share the same commitment to providing customers the products they need, when they need them.  This is at the core of everything we do, and it starts with ... 
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12/12/13Grainger Reports November 2013 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported daily sales results for the month of November 2013.  Daily sales increased 5 percent versus November 2012.  Results for the month included 4 percentage points from acquisitions and a 2 percentage points decline from unfavorable foreign exchange.  Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic daily sales increased 3 percent driven by 6 percentage points of volume growth, partially offset by 2 percentage points decline from sales of hurricane-related products in November 2012 and 1 percentage point decline from price.  In the fourth quarter of last year, Grainger provided hurricane-related products for the prepar... 
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12/03/13Grainger To Present At Credit Suisse Global Industrials Conference
CHICAGO, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Court Carruthers, Senior Vice President and Group President, Americas, will be presenting at the Credit Suisse Global Industrials Conference in New York City, New York, on Thursday, December 5, 2013.  The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 11:45 a.m. EST, will be available for 30 days at the following web site, www.grainger.com/investor.  In addition, the presentation slides will be posted on the Presentations and Webcasts section of Grainger's Investor Relations web site, listed above.  About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2012 sales of $9 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and oper... 
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12/03/13Grainger Announces Acquisition Of Safety Solutions Incorporated
Extends Leading Safety Offering and Enhances Value-Added Services for Manufacturing Customers CHICAGO, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, today acquired Safety Solutions Inc., a Dublin, Ohio-based distributor of safety footwear, supplies and services with a strong focus on the manufacturing sector.  In 2012, Safety Solutions Inc. had sales of $63 million.  The terms of the deal were not disclosed.  Including integration costs, Grainger expects the acquisition to be slightly dilutive to earnings in 2014 and slightly accretive in 2015.  "... 
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12/02/13Grainger Announces Intent To Divest Additional Specialty Brands
CHICAGO, Dec. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, today announced that it has signed a contract to sell all of the assets associated with Gempler's, Ben Meadows and AW Direct, previously maintained under Grainger's Specialty Brands portfolio.  In aggregate, the three brands represent an estimated $90 million in revenue in 2013.  The company does not expect this divestiture to have a material effect on earnings.  The buyer, Ariens Company, based in Brillion, Wis., is a leading manufacturer of outdoor power equipment for both consumer and professional use.  The transacti... 
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11/19/13Grainger Provides Customers Innovative Solutions Through New iPad® App And New Web Platform
Customers Benefit from a Seamless Purchase Experience CHICAGO, Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today launched several innovative eCommerce solutions with an enhanced search, workflow and purchase experience, making it easier for customers to find what they need and get back to their jobs. Grainger's new iPad application (app) takes advantage of the device's capabilities while leveraging the power of Grainger.com.  It allows customers to visually browse through thousands of products in seconds with improved search filters.  Once a cust... 
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11/13/13Grainger Provides Outlook At Analyst Meeting
Reiterates 2013 EPS Guidance of $11.45 to $11.65 Issues 2014 EPS Guidance of $12.25 to $13.00 CHICAGO, Nov. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today held its Annual Analyst Meeting at its new, highly automated, 1 million square foot distribution center in Minooka, Illinois.  Grainger's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Ryan hosted the event.  The meeting also included presentations from several other Grainger leaders. "Grainger is well-positioned for continued growth and share gain because of our proven strategy and our... 
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11/12/13Grainger Reports October 2013 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Nov. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of October 2013.  Sales increased 7 percent versus October 2012. Results for the month included 3 percentage points positive contribution from acquisitions and a 1 percentage point decline from unfavorable foreign exchange.  Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic sales increased 5 percent driven by 6 percentage points of volume growth, partially offset by a 1 percentage point decline from sales of hurricane-related products in October 2012.  Last year, Grainger provided hurricane-related products for the preparation and response to Hurricane Sandy in the northeast United State... 
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11/11/13Grainger To Host Annual Analyst Meeting
CHICAGO, Nov. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, will host its Annual Analyst Meeting on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013, at its new, highly automated, 1 million square foot distribution center in Minooka, Illinois.  Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Ryan will host the event.  The meeting will also include presentations from the following leaders: Court Carruthers, Senior Vice President and Group President, Americas DG Macpherson, Senior Vice President and Group President, Global Supply Chain and International Ron Jadin, Senior Vice Presiden... 
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10/31/13With Hazard Communication Deadline Looming, Grainger Provides Support And Tools To Help Meet Training Requirements
Millions of Businesses and Workers Required to Comply with new GHS Standard by December 1, 2013 CHICAGO, Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, is offering support and tools to help customers meet December 1, 2013 training requirements for the new Globally Harmonized System (GHS) standard. As has been reported, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is adopting GHS to provide a single set of criteria for classifying chemicals according to their health and physical hazards, and to bring consistency t... 
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10/30/13Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Oct. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) today declared a cash dividend of 93 cents per share payable on December 1, 2013, to shareholders of record on November 11, 2013. W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2012 sales of $9 billion is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with expanding global operations.  For more information about the company, visit www.grainger.com/investor. SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc. Media: Joseph Micucci, Director, Media Relations, O: 847-535-0879, M: 847-830-5328, or Grainger Media Relations Hotline, 847-535-5678, or Investors: Laura Brown, SVP, Communications &... 
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10/24/13Grainger Offers Customers Innovative LiveChat With Photo Powered By LivePerson
Grainger Customers Now Can Send a Product Photo to Customer Service Reps Anytime, Anywhere During Chats Through its iPhone App CHICAGO, Oct. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, recently launched a new feature for its iPhone application (app), LiveChat with Photo.  Through technology provided by LivePerson (NASDAQ: LPSN), a leading provider of intelligent engagement solutions, customers now can send a photo of a product to a Grainger Customer Service Representative during a live chat. "Grainger is focused on industry-leading service, which includes getting ... 
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10/16/13Grainger Reports Results For The 2013 Third Quarter
Narrows 2013 Sales and Earnings Guidance Quarterly Highlights -- Sales of $2.4 billion, up 5 percent, 4 percent daily -- Sales for the U.S. segment up 7 percent, 6 percent daily -- EPS of $2.95, up 37 percent, up 5 percent excluding 2012 reserves of $0.66 per share -- Operating cash flow of $354 million, up 5 percent CHICAGO, Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the 2013 third quarter ended September 30, 2013.  Sales of $2.4 billion increased 5 percent versus $2.3 billion in the third quarter of 2012.  There were 64 selling days in the quarter, one more than in 2012.  Sales on a daily basis increased 4 percent versus the 2012 third q... 
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10/08/13Grainger Kicks Off Skilled Trades Awareness Month by Launching a Playbook that Connects Students, Schools and Businesses
Company also awards scholarships through the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® Scholarship Program CHICAGO, Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today launched an interactive skilled trades playbook, called "Dynamic Partnerships for a New Economy," designed to connect businesses and community colleges in an effort to boost local workforce development.  The Playbook, developed in partnership with Skills for America's Future, serves as a one-stop, how-to guide with tips, best practices and other tools to help businesses and community colleges work together to tra... 
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09/12/13Grainger Reports August 2013 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of August 2013.  Daily sales increased 4 percent versus August 2012, and included 5 percentage points from volume and 1 percentage point from acquisitions, partially offset by a 1 percentage point decline from lower sales of seasonal products and a 1 percentage point decline from unfavorable foreign exchange.  The month of August 2013 had 22 selling days versus 23 selling days in August 2012.  The 2013 third quarter will have 64 selling days, one more than the 2012 third quarter.    August Daily Sales by Segment 2013 v. 2012 United States   +5% ... 
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08/28/13Grainger Modifies Structure For Greater Focus And Consistency
Announces Executive Team Changes CHICAGO, Aug. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today announced it modified its structure to provide greater focus and a more consistent integrated approach to pursue growth opportunities. Grainger's newly formed Americas business will include Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Colombia and Peru. This will be led by Court Carruthers, Senior Vice President and Group President, Americas.  Carruthers previously served as Senior Vice President and President, Grainger, U.S.  Meanwhile, DG Macpherson, Senior Vice President and Group President, Global Supply Chain and International will lead Grainger'... 
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08/26/13Grainger Acquires E&R Industrial Sales, Inc.
Adds Key Metalworking Expertise to Better Serve Manufacturing Customers CHICAGO, Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, today acquired E&R Industrial Sales, Inc., a distributor of metalworking, production supplies and MRO materials to manufacturers and industrial customers across the Midwest and Eastern United States, and its subsidiaries. With this acquisition, Grainger adds an industry-leading team of metalworking experts and extends its capabilities for serving customers in the manufacturing space. The acquisition is effective immediately. The de... 
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08/12/13Grainger Reports July 2013 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Aug. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of July 2013.  Daily sales increased 4 percent versus July 2012, and included 5 percentage points from volume, 1 percentage point from price and 1 percentage point from acquisitions, partially offset by a 1 percentage point decline from unfavorable foreign exchange, 1 percentage point decline from lower sales of seasonal products and a 1 percentage point decline from the timing of the July 4th holiday in the United States.  The month of July 2013 had 22 selling days versus 21 selling days in July 2012.  The 2013 third quarter will have 64 selling days, one more than the 2012 third quarter. ... 
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08/06/13Grainger Opens Location in the Bakken Oil Fields
Customers to Receive Support, Solutions and Products When They Need It, Where They Need It WILLISTON, N.D., August 6, 2013 – Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today announced the opening of its new branch in Williston, N.D. to support customers in the Bakken oil fields. Customers will benefit from access to the more than one million products Grainger offers that are used to maintain, repair or operate facilities, such as pumps, motors, HVAC, hand and power tools, janitorial supplies, fasteners and safety products. Customers have the flexibility to place orders over the phone, at ... 
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07/31/13Grainger’s New Ad Campaign Shows It Has Everything – From Supplies and Solutions to Service and Empathy
CHICAGO, July 31, 2013 – Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad-line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, recently launched its new advertising campaign, “Get it. Got it. Good. ”The campaign will be featured on national and local radio, display and outdoor, print and online video.   Created by Ogilvy & Mather Chicago, which was named Grainger’s creative and branding agency in March 2013, this unique ad campaign was motivated by a Grainger cornerstone – empathy. As Grainger’s customers are often responsible for... 
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07/31/13Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, July 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) today declared a cash dividend of 93 cents per share payable on September 1, 2013, to shareholders of record on August 12, 2013. W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2012 sales of $9 billion is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with expanding global operations.  For more information about the company, visit www.grainger.com/investor. SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc. Media, Joseph Micucci, Director, Media Relations, O: 847-535-0879, M: 847-830-5328, or Investors, Laura Brown, SVP, Communications & Investor Relations, O: 847-535-0409, M: 847-804-138... 
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07/29/13Michael Ali Joins Grainger as CIO
CHICAGO, July 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today announced Dr. Michael Ali joined the company as Senior Vice President and CIO.  He replaces Tim Ferrarell who assumes the new role of Senior Vice President, Innovation and Continuous Improvement. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130729/CG54210) "Michael is a great addition to our team," said Grainger Chairman, President and CEO, Jim Ryan.  "Beyond his IT expertise, Michael brings a strong global perspective to our organization.  At the same time, I'm excited to have Tim take on the role of... 
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07/18/13Grainger Celebrates the Grand Opening of its New Illinois-Based Distribution Center
The Million-Square-Foot State-of-the-Art Facility Earns Worldwide Distinction for its LEED Certified Platinum Rating MINOOKA, Ill., July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today hosted a grand opening to celebrate its new distribution center in Minooka, Ill.  This one-million-square-foot facility serves as the company's new central stocking distribution center and runs a state-of-the-art automated system.  The distribution center helps enable Grainger to deliver products same-day or next-day to its customers nationwide. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.co... 
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07/17/13Grainger Reports Record Results For The 2013 Second Quarter
Narrows 2013 Sales and EPS Guidance Quarterly Highlights -- Sales of $2.4 billion, up 6 percent -- Operating earnings of $350 million, up 11 percent -- EPS of $3.03, up 15 percent -- Operating cash flow of $210 million, up 59 percent CHICAGO, July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported record results for the 2013 second quarter ended June 30, 2013.  Sales of $2.4 billion increased 6 percent versus $2.2 billion in the second quarter of 2012.  There were 64 selling days in the quarter, the same as in 2012.  Net earnings for the quarter increased 14 percent to $218 million versus $191 million in 2012.  Earnings per share of $3.03 increased 15 percent vers... 
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06/11/13Grainger Reports May 2013 Sales Results
CHICAGO, June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of May 2013.  Daily sales increased 5 percent versus May 2012, and included 3 percentage points from volume, 2 percentage points from price and 1 percentage point from acquisitions, partially offset by a 1 percentage point decline from unfavorable foreign exchange.  The month of May 2013 had 22 selling days, the same as May 2012.  The 2013 second quarter will have 64 selling days, the same as the 2012 second quarter.    May Daily Sales by Segment 2013 v. 2012 United States +6% Canada +2% in local currency +1% ... 
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06/10/13Grainger to Present at the Deutsche Bank Global Industrials and Basic Materials Conference
CHICAGO, June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Paul Miller, Vice President, eCommerce and Customer Information, will present at the Deutsche Bank Global Industrials and Basic Materials Conference in Chicago, Illinois, on Thursday, June 13, 2013.  The live audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 8:40 a.m. CDT, will be available for 30 days at www.grainger.com/investor.  The presentation slides will be posted in the Company Information, Presentations and Webcasts section of Grainger's Investor Relations web site, listed above. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2012 sales of $9 billion is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with expand... 
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06/07/13Grainger To Present At The William Blair Growth Stock Conference
CHICAGO, June 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Jim Ryan, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, and Ron Jadin, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will present at the William Blair Growth Stock Conference in Chicago, Illinois, on Wednesday, June 12, 2013.  The live audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 9:20 a.m. CDT, will be available for 30 days at www.grainger.com/investor.  The presentation slides will be posted in the Company Information, Presentations and Webcasts section of Grainger's Investor Relations web site, listed above. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2012 sales of $9 billion is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair a... 
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06/05/13Grainger Raises Awareness of Skilled Trades During Florida Georgia Line Summer Concert Tour
Launches sweepstakes for chance to win concert tickets CHICAGO, June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products, today announced its sponsorship of 20 concerts throughout the Florida Georgia Line summer tour. During these stops, the duo will celebrate industrial trades professionals by honoring Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship program recipients. In addition, Grainger recently launched a sweepstakes for a chance to win Florida Georgia Line tickets for these 20 shows. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/61717-grainger-skilled-tr... 
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05/30/13Grainger Expands In The Citigroup Center And Plans For 300 New Hires
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mayor’s Press Office 312.744.3334 press@cityofchicago.org Grainger Expanding Chicago Office to build on its eCommerce Success Today, Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined officials from W.W. Grainger, Inc., to announce that Grainger’s Chicago office will expand its presence downtown. This fall, Grainger plans to increase its current occupancy in the Citigroup Center (500 W. Madison) to the 33rd floor. This will support the company’s expected growth of approximately 300 IT and eCommerce new hires over the next several years. “I welcome Grainger’s growth in Chicago and look forward to watching the company flourish,” said Mayor Emanuel. “By creating jobs for Ch... 
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05/17/13Grainger To Present At 2013 EPG Spring Conference
CHICAGO, May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Jim Ryan, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, and Ron Jadin, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will present at the Electrical Products Group's annual spring conference in Longboat Key, Florida on Wednesday, May 22, 2013.  The audio webcast of the event is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. EDT and will be available for 30 days at www.grainger.com/investor.  The presentation slides will be posted in the Company Information, Presentations and Webcasts section of Grainger's Investor Relations web site, listed above. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2012 sales of $9.0 billion is North America's leading broad line supplier of m... 
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05/10/13Grainger Reports April 2013 Sales Results
CHICAGO, May 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of April 2013.  Daily sales increased 8 percent versus April 2012, and included 3 percentage points from volume, 2 percentage points from price, 2 percentage points from acquisitions and 2 percentage points from the timing of the Easter holiday, partially offset by a 1 percentage point decline from foreign exchange.  The month of April 2013 had 22 selling days versus 21 selling days in April 2012.  The 2013 second quarter will have 64 selling days, the same as the 2012 second quarter.   April Daily Sales by Segment 2013 v. 2012 United States ... 
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05/03/13Grainger To Present At Robert Baird's Growth Stock Conference
CHICAGO, May 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Court Carruthers, Senior Vice President & President, Grainger U.S., will present at Robert Baird's Growth Stock Conference in Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.  The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 10:20 a.m. CDT, will be available for 30 days at www.grainger.com/investor. The presentation slides will be posted in the Company Information, Presentations and Webcasts section of Grainger's Investor Relations web site, listed above. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2012 sales of $9 billion is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with expanding global operations.  For more inf... 
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04/24/13Grainger's Shareholders Elect 11 Directors And Other Meeting Highlights
CHICAGO, April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- At the Grainger (NYSE: GWW) annual shareholder meeting held in Lake Forest, Illinois, today, Grainger Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Ryan provided an update on the state of the business and offered a recap of 2012 full year and 2013 first quarter performance.  A copy of his speech is available at www.grainger.com/investor. Shareholders re-elected the following 11 directors: Brian P. Anderson V. Ann Hailey William K. Hall Stuart L. Levenick John W. McCarter, Jr. Neil S. Novich Michael J. Roberts Gary L. Rogers James T. Ryan E. Scott Santi James D. Slavik ... 
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04/24/13Grainger Increases Quarterly Dividend By 16 Percent
Represents 42nd Consecutive Annual Increase CHICAGO, April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) announced today that its board of directors voted to raise the quarterly cash dividend by 16 percent to 93 cents per share payable on June 1, 2013, to shareholders of record on May 13, 2013.  Grainger has provided 42 consecutive years of increased dividends, a record that only 3 percent of companies in the S&P 500 can claim. "We have a strong record of providing solid returns to shareholders," said Grainger Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Ryan. "The Board's commitment to increasing our dividend is reflective of their confidence in Grainge... 
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04/17/13Acklands-Grainger Announces Largest Product Expansion in Company History
Company now offers more than 300,000 products to keep Canadian businesses and workers safe and on the job TORONTO, ON (April 17, 2013) – Acklands-Grainger, Canada’s largest distributor of industrial, safety and fastener products, today announced its largest ever product expansion, adding 200,000 new products to its online offering over the next several months.  With this expansion, the company will offer more than 300,000 products to help keep businesses across Canada safe and productive. “Our customers count on us to be a single source for all of their industrial, safety and fastener products. We enhanced our selection in several key categories to help ensure that when customers have... 
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04/16/13Grainger Reports Record EPS Of $2.94 For The 2013 First Quarter
Raises 2013 Sales and EPS Guidance Quarterly Highlights -- Sales of $2.3 billion, up 4 percent, 6 percent daily -- Operating earnings of $343 million, up 13 percent -- EPS of $2.94, up 14 percent -- Operating cash flow of $176 million, up 66 percent CHICAGO, April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the 2013 first quarter ended March 31, 2013.  Sales of $2.3 billion increased 4 percent versus $2.2 billion in the first quarter of 2012.  There were 63 selling days in the quarter, one less than in 2012.  On a daily basis, sales for the first quarter 2013 increased 6 percent.  Net earnings for the quarter increased 13 percent to $212 million... 
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04/04/13Grainger Awards Nearly 50 Americas Team Members Its Top Honor
CHICAGO, APRIL 4, 2013 – Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today announced the Americas team members who earned its President’s Club honor, the company’s most prestigious level of achievement. Inaugurated in 1988, the Grainger President’s Club rewards sales and customer service employees for consistently increasing sales year over year, demonstrating exceptional leadership qualities, and reflecting the core values that have guided the company for more than 85 years. "We are pleased to induct this year’s group of President’s Club honorees,” said Grainger President, Chairman and CEO, ... 
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03/18/13Grainger To Present At The BB&T 7th Annual Commercial And Industrial Conference
CHICAGO, March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- DG Macpherson, Senior Vice President and President, Global Supply Chain and Corporate Strategy, will be presenting at the BB&T 7th Annual Commercial & Industrial Conference in Coral Gables, Florida, on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. The live audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 3:15 p.m. EDT, will be available for 30 days at www.grainger.com/investor.  The presentation slides will be posted in the Company Information, Presentations and Webcasts section of Grainger's Investor Relations web site, listed above. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2012 sales of $9.0 billion is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair an... 
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03/12/13Grainger Reports February 2013 Sales Results
CHICAGO, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of February 2013.  Daily sales increased 6 percent versus February 2012, and included 4 percentage points from volume, 2 percentage points from price and 1 percentage point from acquisitions, partially offset by a 1 percentage point decline from foreign exchange.  The month of February 2013 had 20 selling days versus 21 selling days in February 2012.  The 2013 first quarter will have 63 selling days, one less than the 64 selling days in the 2012 first quarter.    February Daily Sales by Segment 2013 v. 2012 United States +7% ... 
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03/07/13Grainger Investor Relations Team and Senior Director, Investor Relations William D. Chapman Honored by Institutional Investor Magazine
CHICAGO, March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Investor Relations Team and William D. Chapman, Senior Director of Investor Relations for W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), were honored this week by Institutional Investor magazine as America's top Investor Relations Company and top Investor Relations professional in 2013.  In voting by sell-side financial analysts in the magazine's 2013 Annual Survey, Grainger was recognized as the Best Investor Relations Company, while Chapman was ranked as IR Professional of the Year in the Capital Goods Industry. "On behalf of Grainger, I am pleased to congratulate our Investor Relations team led by Laura Brown and specifically recognize Bill Chapman for this... 
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02/27/13Grainger To Present At The Raymond James 34th Annual Institutional Investors Conference
CHICAGO, Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ron Jadin, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, will be presenting at the Raymond James 34th Annual Institutional Investors Conference in Orlando, Florida, on Monday, March 4, 2013. The live audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 7:30 a.m. EST, will be available for 30 days at the following web site, www.grainger.com/investor.  The presentation slides will be posted in the Company Information, Presentations and Webcasts section of Grainger's Investor Relations web site, listed above. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2012 sales of $9.0 billion is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operat... 
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02/20/13Eleven Directors Slated For Grainger's Board To Be Voted On At The Company's Annual Meeting On April 24, 2013
CHICAGO, Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) today selected a slate of nominees to serve for the 2013 – 2014 period.  The eleven candidates, all current board members, to be voted on at the annual meeting are: Brian P. Anderson V. Ann Hailey William K. Hall Stuart L. Levenick John W. McCarter, Jr. Neil S. Novich Michael J. Roberts Gary L. Rogers James T. Ryan E. Scott Santi James D. Slavik Wilbur H. Gantz will not stand for re-election.  Mr. Gantz has been a board member of Grainger since 1985 and served as a member of the Audit Committee and the Board Affairs and Nominating Committee.   Grainger Chairman, P... 
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02/12/13Grainger Reports January 2013 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of January 2013.  Daily sales increased 8 percent versus January 2012, and included 3 percentage points from volume, 3 percentage points from price, 1 percentage point from sales of seasonal products and 1 percentage point from acquisitions.  The month of January 2013 had 22 selling days versus 21 selling days in January 2012.  The 2013 first quarter will have 63 selling days, one less than the 64 selling days in the 2012 first quarter.    January Daily Sales by Segment 2013 v. 2012 United States +7% Canada +8% in l... 
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01/30/13Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. declared a cash dividend of 80 cents per share payable on March 1, 2013, to shareholders of record on February 11, 2013. W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2012 sales of $9.0 billion is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with expanding global operations.  For more information about the company, visit www.grainger.com/investor.                                                                                   SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc. Media, Joseph Micucci, Director, Media Relations, O: 847-535-0879, M: 847-830-5328, or Grainger Media Relat... 
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01/24/13Grainger Reports Record Results for Year Ended December 31, 2012
Company Reaffirms 2013 Earnings Per Share Guidance of $10.85 to $12.00 2012 Highlights -Sales of $9.0 billion, up 11 percent - Reported EPS of $9.52, up 5 percent -Adjusted EPS of $10.43, up 15 percent -Operating cash flow of $816 million, up 9 percent -Named to 2013 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list CHICAGO, Jan. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported record results for the year ended December 31, 2012.  Sales of $9.0 billion increased 11 percent versus $8.1 billion in 2011.  Net earnings of $690 million increased 5 percent versus $658 million in 2011.  Earnings per share of $9.52 increased 5 percent versus $9.07 in 2011.  The years 2012... 
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01/17/13Grainger Named to 2013 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For List
CHICAGO, Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today announced that it was named to the 2013 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list. In the most comprehensive annual workplace survey conducted in corporate America, FORTUNE selects 100 companies nationwide for inclusion on its prestigious list, which is based on employee feedback, company practices and culture. "We are honored to receive this distinction," said Jim Ryan, Chairman, President and CEO of Grainger. "The only way to achieve success in this dynamic environment is through a strong team th... 
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12/26/12Grainger Settles Government Contract Dispute
CHICAGO, Dec. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today announced it has settled its long-standing contract dispute with the federal government. As announced October 16, the discrepancy centered on disclosure language in the General Services Administration (GSA) and United States Postal Service (USPS) contracts, which were implemented more than 10 years ago. Grainger maintains it complied with the disclosure requirements and the contracts in all material respects, and the settlement does not contain any admission of wrongdoing by the company. The GSA and USPS remain long-standing and important Grainger customers. These contracts account for a portion of the comp... 
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12/17/12Grainger Announces Intent To Acquire Techni-Tool, Inc.
CHICAGO, Dec. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, today announced its intent to acquire Techni-Tool, Inc., and its affiliate Wassco Inc., leading specialist distributors serving manufacturing customers with 2011 sales of $88 million.  Grainger expects the transaction to close by December 31, 2012, subject to standard conditions, and be neutral to 2013 earnings per share.  Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.  Founded in 1959 and based in Worcester, Pa., Techni-Tool, along with Wassco, employs approximately 200 people and provides nearly 25,000 products and... 
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12/12/12Grainger Reports November 2012 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of November 2012.  Sales increased 8 percent versus November 2011, and included 3 percentage points from price, 2 percentage points from sales of hurricane-related products, 2 percentage points from volume and 1 percentage point from acquisitions.  The month of November 2012 had 21 selling days, the same as November 2011.  While the 2012 fourth quarter will have one extra selling day versus the 2011 fourth quarter (64 versus 63 days), the company is forecasting minimal sales contribution due to timing of the holidays.    November Sales by Segment 2012 v. 2011 ... 
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11/14/12Grainger Provides Outlook At Analyst Meeting
Narrows 2012 EPS Guidance of $10.55 to $10.75* Issues 2013 EPS Guidance of $10.85 to $12.00 CHICAGO, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today held its Annual Analyst Meeting in Lake Forest, Illinois.  Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Ryan hosted the event.  The meeting also included presentations from other Grainger leaders. "Grainger is well positioned to meet the needs of businesses and institutions as they look to manage the MRO products used to maintain their facilities.  We continue to see significant potential to gain sha... 
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11/12/12Grainger To Host Annual Analyst Meeting
CHICAGO, Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, will host its Annual Analyst Meeting on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012, in Lake Forest, Illinois.  Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Ryan will host the event.  The meeting will also include presentations from the following leaders: DG Macpherson, Senior Vice President and President, Global Supply Chain and Corporate Strategy Court Carruthers, Senior Vice President and President, Grainger United States Mike Pulick, Senior Vice President and President, Grainger International Paul Miller, V... 
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11/12/12Grainger Reports October 2012 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of October 2012.  Daily sales increased 6 percent versus October 2011, and included 4 percentage points from price, 1 percentage point from volume and 1 percentage point from sales of hurricane-related products.  The month of October 2012 had 23 selling days versus 21 selling days in October 2011.  While the 2012 fourth quarter will have one extra selling day versus the 2011 fourth quarter (64 versus 63 days), the company is forecasting minimal sales contribution due to timing of the holidays.   October Daily Sales by Segment 2012 v. 2011 United States ... 
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10/31/12Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. today declared a cash dividend of 80 cents per share payable on December 1, 2012, to shareholders of record on November 12, 2012. W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2011 sales of $8.1 billion is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with expanding global operations.  For more information about the company, visit www.grainger.com/investor. SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc. CONTACTS: Media - Grainger Media Relations Hotline, +1-847-535-5678, or Jan Tratnik, Sr. Director, Corp. Communications and Public Affairs, O: +1-847-535-4339, M: +1-847-456-8807; Investors -... 
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10/16/12Grainger Reports 2012 Third Quarter Results
Sales Up 10 Percent on a Daily Basis Company Reaffirms 2012 Earnings Per Share Guidance of $10.50 to $10.80* and Now Expects 2012 Sales Growth of 11 to 12 Percent Quarterly Highlights - Sales of $2.3 billion, up 8 percent, 10 percent on a daily basis** - Company establishes $0.66 per share reserve for expected settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice - EPS of $2.81, up 12 percent excluding the reserve - Operating cash flow of $338 million, up 35 percent CHICAGO, Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the 2012 third quarter ended September 30, 2012.  Sales for the 2012 third quarter of $2.3 billion increased 8 percent versus $2... 
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09/13/12Grainger Reports August 2012 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of August 2012.  Sales increased 10 percent versus August 2011.  Results for the month included a 4 percentage point contribution from acquisitions and a 1 percentage point decline from foreign exchange.  Organic sales increased 7 percent, including 4 percentage points from volume, 4 percentage points from price, partially offset by a 1 percentage point decline from lower sales of hurricane-related products in August 2012 versus August 2011. The month of August 2012 had 23 selling days, the same as August 2011.  The 2012 third quarter will have one less selling day than the 2011 third qu... 
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08/10/12Grainger Reports July 2012 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Aug. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of July 2012.  Daily sales increased 11 percent versus July 2011.  Results for the month included a 5 percentage point contribution from acquisitions and a 2 percentage point decline from foreign exchange.  Organic sales on a daily basis increased 8 percent, including 4 percentage points from volume and 4 percentage points from price.  July 2012 had 21 selling days, one more than July 2011. The 2012 third quarter will have one less selling day than the 2011 third quarter (63 versus 64 days).   July Daily Sales by Segment 2012 v. 2011 United States ... 
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07/25/12Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, July 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) today declared a cash dividend of 80 cents per share payable on September 1, 2012, to shareholders of record on August 13, 2012. W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2011 sales of $8.1 billion is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with expanding global operations.  For more information about the company, visit www.grainger.com/investor. SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc. Media, Kellie Harris, Manager, Media Relations, O: +1-847-535-1542, M: +1-847-643-6298, or Investors, Laura Brown, SVP, Communications & Investor Relations, O: +1-847-535-0409,... 
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07/18/12Grainger Reports Record EPS of $2.63 for the 2012 Second Quarter
Raises 2012 EPS Guidance to $10.50 to $10.80 Quarterly Highlights - Sales of $2.2 billion, up 12 percent - Operating earnings of $314 million, up 18 percent - EPS of $2.63, up 12 percent / up 18 percent excluding tax benefit in 2011 - Pretax ROIC* of 31.9 percent (35.8 excluding Fabory) versus 33.7 percent in Q2 2011 CHICAGO, July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported record results for the 2012 second quarter ended June 30, 2012.  Sales of $2.2 billion were up 12 percent versus $2.0 billion in the second quarter of 2011.  There were 64 selling days in the quarter, the same as in 2011.  Net earnings for the quarter i... 
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06/11/12Grainger Reports May 2012 Sales Results
CHICAGO, June 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of May 2012.  Daily sales increased 13 percent versus May 2011.  Results for the month included a 5 percentage point contribution from acquisitions and a 1 percentage point decline from foreign exchange.  Organic sales on a daily basis increased 9 percent, including 6 percentage points from volume and 3 percentage points from price.  May 2012 had 22 selling days, one more than May 2011.  The 2012 second quarter will have the same number of selling days as the 2011 second quarter (64 days). May Daily Sales by Segment 2012 v. 2011 United States   ... 
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06/08/12Grainger To Present At William Blair Growth Stock Conference
CHICAGO, June 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Jim Ryan, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, and Ron Jadin, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will present at the William Blair & Company Growth Stock Conference in Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. CDT, will be available for 30 days at www.grainger.com/investor. In addition, the presentation slides will be posted on the Speeches and Presentations section of Grainger's Investor Relations web site. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2011 sales of $8.1 billion is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating... 
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05/18/12Grainger to Present at 2012 EPG Spring Conference
CHICAGO, May 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Jim Ryan, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, and Ron Jadin, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will present at the Electrical Products Group's annual spring conference in Longboat Key, Florida on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The audio webcast of the event is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. EDT and will be available for 30 days at www.grainger.com/investor. In addition, the presentation slides will be posted on the Speeches and Presentations section of Grainger's Investor Relations web site. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2011 sales of $8.1 billion is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenanc... 
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05/11/12Grainger Reports April 2012 Sales Results
CHICAGO, May 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of April 2012.  Daily sales increased 12 percent versus April 2011.  Results for the month included a 5 percentage point contribution from acquisitions.  Excluding acquisitions, organic sales increased 7 percent, including 5 percentage points from volume and 3 percentage points from price, partially offset by a 1 percentage point decline from foreign exchange.  April 2012 had 21 selling days, the same as April 2011.  The 2012 second quarter will have the same number of selling days as the 2011 second quarter (64 days). April Daily Sales by Segment 20... 
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05/04/12Grainger To Present At Baird 2012 Growth Stock Conference
CHICAGO, May 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Ron Jadin, Senior Vice President & CFO, will be presenting at Baird's 2012 Growth Stock Conference in Chicago, Illinois, on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 9:00 a.m. CDT, will be available for 30 days at the following web site, www.grainger.com/investor.  In addition, the presentation slides will be posted on the Speeches and Presentations section of Grainger's Investor Relations web site, listed above.  About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2011 sales of $8.1 billion is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with expanding global operations.  For more info... 
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05/01/12Grainger to Present at UBS Industrial Leadership Conference
CHICAGO, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- DG Macpherson, Senior Vice President & President, Global Supply Chain & Corporate Strategy, will be presenting at UBS Industrial Leadership Conference in London, UK, on Thursday, May 3, 2012. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 10:40 a.m., CDT, will be available for 30 days at the following web site, www.grainger.com/investor. In addition, the presentation slides will be posted on the Speeches and Presentations section of Grainger's Investor Relations web site, listed above.  About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2011 sales of $8.1 billion is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating produc... 
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04/25/12Grainger's Shareholders Elect 12 Directors and Other Meeting Highlights
CHICAGO, April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --At the Grainger (NYSE: GWW) annual shareholder meeting held in Lake Forest, Illinois, today, Grainger Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Ryan provided an update on the state of the business and offered a recap of 2011 full year and 2012 first quarter performance. For a copy of his speech, go to www.grainger.com/investor. Shareholders re-elected the following 12 directors: Brian P. Anderson Neil S. Novich Wilbur H. Gantz Michael J. Roberts V. Ann Hailey Gary L. Rogers William K. Hall James T. Ryan Stuart L. Levenick E. Scott Santi Jo... 
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04/25/12Grainger Increases Quarterly Dividend By 21 Percent
Represents 41st consecutive annual increase CHICAGO, April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) announced today that its board of directors voted to raise the quarterly cash dividend by 21 percent to 80 cents per share payable on June 1, 2012, to shareholders of record on May 14, 2012. Grainger has provided 41 consecutive years of increased dividends, a record that only 3 percent of companies in the S&P 500 can claim. "We are committed to providing top quartile returns to our investors, and our dividend is an important and consistent part of the equation," said Grainger Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Ryan. In 2011, Grainger deliv... 
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04/17/12Grainger Reports Record EPS of $2.57 for the 2012 First Quarter
Raises 2012 EPS Guidance to $10.40 to $10.80 Quarterly Highlights -- Sales of $2.2 billion, up 16 percent -- Operating earnings of $304 million, up 16 percent -- EPS of $2.57, up 18 percent -- Pretax ROIC* of 31.8 percent (35.6 excluding Fabory) versus 33.8 percent in Q1 2011 CHICAGO, April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported record results for the 2012 first quarter ended March 31, 2012. Sales of $2.2 billion were up 16 percent versus $1.9 billion in the first quarter of 2011. There were 64 selling days in the quarter, the same as in 2011. Net earnings for the quarter increased 19 percent to $188 million versus $158 million in 2011. Earnings p... 
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04/05/12Grainger Promotes O.W. Eric Nowlin to President, Acklands - Grainger, Inc.
CHICAGO, April 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), today announced that O.W. Eric Nowlin, 51, has been named to the position of President, Acklands – Grainger, Inc., Grainger's Canadian subsidiary with 2011 revenues of $993 million (C$982 million).  In this role, Nowlin will oversee the growth and performance of Acklands – Grainger and will report directly to Mike Pulick, Senior Vice President & President, Grainger International. "Eric brings an impressive track record of delivering results and developing talent that will benefit the Acklands – Grainger team and our customers," said Pulick. "The business is performing very well and I'm confident Eric will help Acklands – ... 
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04/03/12Grainger Enters Brazil Through the Acquisition of AnFreixo, a Votorantim Company
CHICAGO, APRIL 3, 2012 –Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today announced it has acquired 100 percent of the shares of AnFreixo S.A., effective April 2, 2012.  With 2011 sales of approximately $37M USD, AnFreixo is a leading broad line distributor of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies in Brazil.  The company had been a subsidiary in the Votorantim Group, one of the largest industrial conglomerates in Latin America with 2011 revenues in excess of $20B USD. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Moving forward, the company will operate under the name Grainger.    The acquisition of AnFreixo provides Grainger with a solid entry point for physical operations in Brazil, the l... 
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03/12/12Grainger Reports February 2012 Sales Results
CHICAGO, March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of February 2012.  Daily sales increased 18 percent versus February 2011.  Results for the month included a 5 percentage point contribution from acquisitions.  Excluding acquisitions, organic sales increased 13 percent, including 12 percentage points from volume and 3 percentage points from price, partially offset by a 2 percentage point decline from lower sales of seasonal products.  February 2012 had 21 selling days, one more than February 2011.  The 2012 first quarter will have the same number of selling days as the 2011 first quarter (64 days). February D... 
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03/07/12Grainger Announces Leadership Change at Acklands-Grainger
CHICAGO, March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), today announced that Sean O'Brien, President, Acklands-Grainger Inc., Grainger's Canadian subsidiary, will resign from the company effective March 23, 2012. O'Brien joined Acklands-Grainger as Vice President, Sales, in November 2007, taking on additional responsibilities for E-Business and Marketing in early 2009.  He was named President in September, 2009.  Mike Pulick, President, Grainger International, will serve as interim president of Acklands-Grainger.  Mike has held leadership positions with Grainger for more than 12 years, including leading Grainger's U.S. business from 2008-2011. He assumed leadership of Grainger's i... 
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03/02/12Grainger to Present at the Raymond James 33rd Annual Institutional Investors Conference
CHICAGO, March 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael Pulick, Senior Vice President & President, Grainger International, will be presenting at the Raymond James 33rd Annual Institutional Investors Conference in Orlando, Florida, on Monday, March 5, 2012. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 11:00 a.m. EST, will be available for 30 days at the following web site, www.grainger.com/investor.  In addition, the presentation slides will be posted on the Speeches and Presentations section of Grainger's Investor Relations web site, listed above. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2011 sales of $8.1 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, ... 
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03/02/12Grainger Senior Director of Investor Relations William D. Chapman Honored as America's Top IR Professional in the Capital Goods Industry
CHICAGO, March 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- William D. Chapman, Senior Director of Investor Relations for W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), was honored this week by Institutional Investor magazine as America's top Investor Relations professional in 2012. In voting by buy-side financial analysts in the magazine's 2012 Annual Survey, Chapman was ranked as IR Professional of the Year in the Capital Goods Industry. "From his institutional and industry knowledge to his ongoing commitment to building relationships, Bill embodies leadership in investor relations," said Laura Brown, Senior Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations for Grainger. "We are proud of all Bill has accomplished a... 
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02/13/12Grainger Reports January 2012 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Feb. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of January 2012.  Sales increased 17 percent versus January 2011.  Results for the month included a 5 percentage point contribution from acquisitions.  Excluding acquisitions, organic sales increased 12 percent, including 12 percentage points from volume and 2 percentage points from price, partially offset by a 1 percentage point decline from both foreign exchange and lower sales of seasonal products.  January 2012 had 21 selling days, the same as January 2011.  The 2012 first quarter will have the same number of selling days as the 2011 first quarter (64 days). ... 
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01/25/12Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Jan. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. has declared a cash dividend of 66 cents per share payable on March 1, 2012, to shareholders of record on February 13, 2012. W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2011 sales of $8.1 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with expanding global operations.  For more information about the company, visit www.grainger.com/investor. Contacts:   Media:  Investors: Robb Kristopher Laura Brown Director, Media Relations Senior Vice President, Communications 847/... 
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01/25/12Grainger Reports Record Sales of $8.1 Billion and Record EPS of $9.07 for the Year Ended December 31, 2011
2011 Fourth Quarter EPS of $2.04 Including Net Charge of $0.09 2011 Highlights - Sales of $8.1 billion, up 12 percent - Net earnings of $658 million, up 29 percent - EPS of $9.07, up 31 percent - Pretax ROIC* of 31.9 percent versus 29.8 percent in 2010 CHICAGO, Jan. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported record sales, net earnings and earnings per share for the year ended December 31, 2011.  Sales of $8.1 billion were up 12 percent versus $7.2 billion in 2010.  Net earnings of $658 million increased 29 percent versus $511 million in 2010.  Earnings per share of $9.07 increased 31 percent versus $6.93 in 2010.  The years 2011 and 2010 included the follo... 
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12/12/11Grainger Reports November 2011 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Dec. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of November 2011.  Sales increased 15 percent versus November 2010.  Results for the month included a 5 percentage point contribution from acquisitions.  Excluding acquisitions, organic sales increased 10 percent, including 10 percentage points from volume and 2 percentage points from price, partially offset by a 2 percentage point decline from 2010 oil spill related sales.  November 2011 had 21 selling days, the same as November 2010.  The 2011 fourth quarter will have the same number of selling days as the 2010 fourth quarter (63 days). November Sales ... 
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12/05/11Grainger to Present at Bank of America Global Industrials Conference
CHICAGO, Dec. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ron Jadin, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, will be presenting at the Bank of America 2011 Global Industrials Conference in New York City on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 9:05 a.m. EST, will be available for 30 days at the following web site, www.grainger.com/investor.  In addition, the presentation slides will be posted on the Speeches and Presentations section of Grainger's Investor Relations web site, listed above. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2010 sales of $7.2 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating p... 
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11/29/11Grainger Announces New Business Leader Assignments
Court Carruthers, Mike Pulick and D.G. Macpherson to assume new responsibilities CHICAGO, Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE:GWW) today announced changes in leadership assignments of three senior business leaders.  Mike Pulick, Senior Vice President and President, Grainger U.S. and Court Carruthers, Senior Vice President and President, Grainger International will rotate positions with each assuming the other's current area of responsibility.   D.G. Macpherson, who heads Grainger's Global Supply Chain, will assume an expanded role as Senior Vice President and President, Global Supply Chain and Corporate Strategy.  He will lead the extension of the company's SAP IT p... 
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11/16/11Grainger Provides Outlook at Analyst Meeting
Narrows 2011 EPS guidance to a new range of $8.85 to $9.00, excluding unusual items Issues 2012 EPS guidance of $9.90 to $10.65 CHICAGO, Nov. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, held its Annual Analyst Meeting in Lake Forest, Illinois, today.  Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Ryan, hosted the event.  The meeting also included presentations from several other Grainger leaders. As part of the meeting, Grainger provided the following outlook for sales and earnings in 2011 and 2012:   For the 2011 fourth quarter, the company is forecasting... 
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11/14/11Grainger to Host Annual Analyst Meeting
CHICAGO, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, will host its annual analyst meeting on Wednesday, November 16th, 2011, in Lake Forest, Illinois.  Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Ryan, will host the event.  The meeting will also include presentations from the following leaders: DG Macpherson, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain Court Carruthers, Senior Vice President and President, Grainger International Mike Pulick, Senior Vice President and President, Grainger United States Paul Miller, Vice President, eCommerce... 
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11/11/11Grainger Reports October 2011 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Nov. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of October 2011.  Sales increased 16 percent versus October 2010.  Results for the month included a 5 percentage point contribution from acquisitions.  Excluding acquisitions, organic sales increased 11 percent, including 9 percentage points from volume and 3 percentage points from price, partially offset by a 1 percentage point decline from 2010 oil spill related sales.  October 2011 had 21 selling days, the same as October 2010.  The 2011 fourth quarter will have the same number of selling days as the 2010 fourth quarter (63 days). October Sales by Segment 2011 v. 201... 
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10/26/11Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Oct. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. today declared a cash dividend of 66 cents per share payable on December 1, 2011, to shareholders of record on November 14, 2011. W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2010 sales of $7.2 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with expanding operations in Europe, Asia and Latin America. For more information about the company, visit www.grainger.com/investor. SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc. ... 
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10/18/11Grainger Reports Record Results for the 2011 Third Quarter
Raises 2011 EPS guidance range to $8.80 - $9.00 Quarterly Highlights - Sales of $2.1 billion, up 11 percent - Operating earnings of $303 million, up 21 percent - Net earnings of $182 million, up 21 percent - EPS of $2.51, up 22 percent - Pretax ROIC* of 34.3 percent versus 30.2 percent in Q3 2010 CHICAGO, Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported record results for the 2011 third quarter ended September 30, 2011. Sales of $2.1 billion increased 11 percent versus $1.9 billion in the third quarter 2010. The 2011 third quarter had the same number of selling days (64) as the third quarter of 2010. Net earnings for the quarter increased 21 percent to ... 
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10/11/11Grainger Announces Divestiture of Joint Venture in South Korea
CHICAGO, Oct. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW), a leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, today announced it has divested its 49 percent stake in MRO Korea to affiliates of its former partner, SK Networks, for $12 million, resulting in a net gain of approximately $5 million. SK Group intends to transform the MRO Korea business model into a social enterprise, focused on job creation for the underprivileged. "We have enjoyed a good working relationship with SK Networks since 2000 and we wish them continued success as they take the business in a new direction," said Court Carruthers, President, G... 
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09/26/11Grainger to Present at Oppenheimer Industrial Conference
CHICAGO, Sept. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Michael Pulick, Senior Vice President & President, Grainger, U.S., will be presenting at the Oppenheimer's 6th Annual Industrials Conference in New York City, on Tuesday, September 27, 2011. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 8:40 a.m. EDT, will be available for 30 days at the following web site, www.grainger.com/investor. In addition, the presentation slides will be posted on the Speeches and Presentations section of Grainger's Investor Relations web site, listed above. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2010 sales of $7.2 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating... 
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09/19/11Acklands-Grainger Continues To Broaden Quebec Presence With Purchase of Baie-Comeau Distributor
TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2011 /CNW/ -- Acklands-Grainger Inc., Canada's largest distributor of industrial, safety and fastener supplies, today announced it has acquired the assets of Baie-Comeau industrial distributor Fercomat Inc., effective September 19, 2011. Acklands-Grainger expects an incremental sales contribution of approximately $3 million from this acquisition over the next 12 months. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "Fercomat has a strong track record of service and by working together, we will leverage our combined expertise to offer local customers - such as mining, hydroelectricity and aluminum industries - access to the broad array of products and services t... 
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09/13/11Grainger Reports August 2011 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of August 2011. Daily sales increased 10 percent versus August 2010. Results for the month included a 1 percentage point positive contribution from foreign exchange. Excluding foreign exchange, organic sales increased 9 percent, including 8 percentage points from volume, 3 percentage points from price and 1 percentage point from sales related to Hurricane Irene, partially offset by a 3 percentage point decline from 2010 oil spill related sales. August 2011 had 23 selling days, one more than August 2010. The 2011 third quarter will have the same number of selling days as the ... 
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09/13/11Grainger to Present at Morgan Keegan Industrial Conference
CHICAGO, Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --DG Macpherson, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain, will be presenting at the Morgan Keegan Industrial/Transportation Conference in Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 9:05 a.m. CDT, will be available for 30 days at the following web site, www.grainger.com/investor. In addition, the presentation slides will be posted on the Speeches and Presentations section of Grainger's Investor Relations web site, listed above. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2010 sales of $7.2 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating produ... 
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08/31/11Grainger Completes Acquisition of Fabory Group
CHICAGO, Aug. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today announced it has completed its acquisition of Fabory Group, a leading European distributor of fasteners and related MRO products. Grainger announced its intention to acquire Fabory on August 15, 2011 and anticipates that the transaction will be neutral to earnings per share in 2011 and 10 to 12 cents accretive in 2012. "We are delighted to complete this acquisition so promptly and to officially welcome the Fabory team to Grainger," said Court Carruthers, President, Grainger International. "We look forward to working with Fabory leadership to accelerate their branch and product expansion plans while leveraging t... 
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08/15/11Grainger Intends to Acquire Fabory Group
- The transaction price will be approximately $344 million (euro 242 million) and is expected to be accretive to 2012 earnings. - Grainger will host a live webcast at 10:00 a.m. EDT today to discuss this announcement. CHICAGO, Aug. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today announced its intention to acquire the shares of Fabory Group, a leading European distributor of fasteners and related MRO products. The transaction price will be approximately $344 million (euro 242 million). The parties plan to enter a definitive agreement upon completion of required consultations with Works Councils representing Fabory employees in the Netherlands, Belgium and France. The tran... 
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08/10/11Grainger Reports July 2011 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Aug. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of July 2011. Daily sales increased 10 percent versus July 2010. Results for the month included a 1 percentage point positive contribution from acquisitions and a 2 percentage point contribution from foreign exchange. Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic sales increased 7 percent, including 8 percentage points from volume and 2 percentage points from price, partially offset by a 3 percentage point decline from oil spill related sales in 2010. In 2010, Grainger provided safety and related products used to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which contribu... 
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07/27/11Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, July 27, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. today declared a cash dividend of 66 cents per share payable on September 1, 2011, to shareholders of record on August 8, 2011. W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2010 sales of $7.2 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with an expanding presence in Asia and Latin America. For more information about the company, visit www.grainger.com/investor. SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc. ... 
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07/26/11Grainger Expands Its Inventory Management Service Offering
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07/19/11Grainger Reports Record Sales and EPS for the 2011 Second Quarter
Raises 2011 EPS guidance to $8.40 to $8.70 Quarterly Highlights - Sales of $2.0 billion, up 12 percent - Operating earnings of $265 million, up 23 percent - Net earnings of $170 million, up 32 percent - EPS of $2.34, up 35 percent - Pretax ROIC* of 33.7 percent versus 27.9 percent in Q2 2010 CHICAGO, July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported record results for the 2011 second quarter ended June 30, 2011. Sales of $2.0 billion increased 12 percent versus $1.8 billion in the second quarter 2010. The 2011 second quarter had the same number of selling days (64) as second quarter of 2010. Net earnings for the quarter increased 32 percent to $170 milli... 
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06/10/11Grainger to Present at William Blair Growth Stock Conference
CHICAGO, June 10, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Jim Ryan, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, and Ron Jadin, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will present at the William Blair & Company Growth Stock Conference in Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday, June 14, 2011. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. CDT, will be available for 30 days at www.grainger.com/investor. In addition, the presentation slides will be posted on the Speeches and Presentations section of Grainger's Investor Relations web site. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2010 sales of $7.2 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair an... 
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06/10/11Grainger Reports May 2011 Sales Results
CHICAGO, June 10, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of May 2011. Daily sales increased 11 percent versus May 2010. Results for the month included a 1 percentage point positive contribution from acquisitions and a 2 percentage point contribution from foreign exchange. Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic sales increased 8 percent, including 7 percentage points from volume and 2 percentage points from price, partially offset by a 1 percentage point decline from oil spill related sales in 2010. In 2010, Grainger provided safety and related products used to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which contrib... 
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05/16/11Grainger to Present at 2011 EPG Spring Conference
CHICAGO, May 16, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Jim Ryan, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, and Ron Jadin, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will present at the Electrical Products Group's annual spring conference in Longboat Key, Florida on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. The audio webcast of the event is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. EDT and will be available for 30 days at www.grainger.com/investor. In addition, the presentation slides will be posted on the Speeches and Presentations section of Grainger's Investor Relations web site. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2010 sales of $7.2 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance,... 
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05/11/11Grainger Reports April 2011 Sales Results
CHICAGO, May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of April 2011. Daily sales increased 14 percent versus April 2010. Results for the month included a 1 percentage point positive contribution from acquisitions and a 1 percentage point contribution from foreign exchange. Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic sales increased 12 percent, including 10 percentage points from volume and 2 percentage points from price. April 2011 had 21 selling days, one less than April 2010. The 2011 second quarter will have the same number of selling days as the 2010 second quarter (64 days). ... 
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04/27/11Grainger's Shareholders Elect 12 Directors and Other Meeting Highlights
CHICAGO, April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --At the Grainger (NYSE: GWW) annual shareholder meeting held in Lake Forest, IL, today, Grainger Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Ryan provided an update on the state of the business and offered a recap of 2010 full year and 2011 first quarter performance. For a copy of his speech, go to www.grainger.com/investor. Shareholders re-elected the following 12 directors: Brian P. Anderson Neil S. Novich Wilbur H. Gantz Michael J. Roberts V. Ann Hailey Gar... 
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04/27/11Grainger Increases Quarterly Dividend by 22 Percent
Represents 40th consecutive annual increase CHICAGO, April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) announced today that its board of directors voted to raise the quarterly cash dividend by 22 percent to 66 cents per share payable on June 1, 2011, to shareholders of record on May 9, 2011. Grainger has provided 40 consecutive years of increased dividends, a record that only 12companies in the S&P500 can claim. "We are very proud of reaching this 40 year milestone, which places Grainger in a very elite group of companies. This achievement further supports our intention to reward long-term shareholders. We are committed to providing top quartile returns to ... 
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04/18/11Grainger Reports Record EPS of $2.18 for the 2011 First Quarter
Raises 2011 EPS guidance to $8.10 to $8.60 Quarterly Highlights - Sales of $1.9 billion, up 13 percent - Operating earnings of $263 million, up 44 percent - EPS of $2.18, up 66 percent - Pretax ROIC* of 33.8 percent versus 25.9 percent in Q1 2010 CHICAGO, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the 2011 first quarter ended March 31, 2011. Sales of $1.9 billion increased 13 percent versus $1.7 billion in the first quarter 2010. Sales on a daily basis increased 11 percent as the 2011 first quarter had one more selling day (64) than first quarter of 2010 (63). Net earnings for the quarter increased 59 percent to $158 million versus $99 mi... 
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04/04/11Grainger to Present at BB&T Capital Markets Conference
CHICAGO, April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Court Carruthers, Senior Vice President; President, Grainger International, will be presenting at the BB&T Capital Markets Commercial & Industrial Conference in New York, New York on Thursday, April 7, 2011. The audio webcast of the event is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. EDT and will be available for 30 days at www.grainger.com/investor. In addition, the presentation slides will be posted on the Speeches and Presentations section of Grainger's Investor Relations web site. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2010 sales of $7.2 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, wit... 
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03/11/11Grainger Reports February 2011 Sales Results
CHICAGO, March 11, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of February 2011. Daily sales increased 11 percent versus February 2010. Results for the month included a 1 percentage point positive contribution from acquisitions and a 1 percentage point contribution from foreign exchange. Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic sales were up 9 percent, including 2 percent from price and 7 percent from volume. February 2011 had 20selling days, the same as February 2010. The 2011 first quarter has one more selling day than the 2010 first quarter (64 versus 63 days). February Dail... 
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03/07/11W. W. Grainger, Inc. Tops FORTUNE “Most Admired” List for Second Consecutive Year
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03/07/11Grainger to Present at the Raymond James 32nd Annual Institutional Investors Conference
CHICAGO, March 7, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Ron Jadin, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, will be presenting at the Raymond James 32nd Annual Institutional Investors Conference in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 1:05 p.m. EST, will be available for 30 days at the following web site, www.grainger.com/investor. In addition, the presentation slides will be posted on the Speeches and Presentations section of Grainger's Investor Relations web site, listed above. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2010 sales of $7.2 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating pr... 
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03/01/11Grainger Brings Together Customers and Industry Experts to Discuss Ways to Take Cost Out of Business Operations
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02/11/11Grainger Reports January 2011 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Feb. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of January 2011. Daily sales increased 10 percent versus January 2010. Results for the month included a 1 percentage point positive contribution from acquisitions and a 1 percentage point contribution from foreign exchange. Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, daily sales for the company increased 8 percent. January 2011 had 21selling days versus 20 in January 2010. The 2011 first quarter will have one more selling day than the 2010 first quarter (64 versus 63 days). January Daily Sales by Segment 2011 v. 2010 ... 
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01/27/11Grainger Named to 2011 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For List
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01/26/11Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Jan. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. has declared a cash dividend of 54 cents per share payable on March 1, 2011, to shareholders of record on February 14, 2011. W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2010 sales of $7.2 billion is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products with an expanding presence in Asia and Latin America. For more information about the company, visit www.grainger.com/investor. SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc. ... 
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01/25/11Grainger Reports Sales of $7.2 Billion and EPS of $6.93 for the Year Ended December 31, 2010
2010 Fourth Quarter EPS of $1.83 Including $0.04 Unusual Item 2010 Highlights - Sales of $7.2 billion, up 15 percent; 16 percent daily - EPS of $6.80, up 30 percent, excluding $0.13 of unusual items ($0.04 in 4Q) - Operating cash flow of $596 million - $657 million returned to shareholders in dividends & share repurchases - Pretax ROIC* of 29.8 percent versus 24.9 percent in 2009 CHICAGO, Jan. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported record sales, net earnings and earnings per share for the year ended December 31, 2010. Sales of $7.2 billion were up 15 percent versus $6.2 billion in 2009. Net earnings of $511 million increased 19 percent versus $... 
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12/20/10Grainger Announces Divestiture of Its Highsmith Specialty Brand
Company Initiates Strategic Review of Additional Niche Brands CHICAGO, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, today announced that it has sold substantially all of the assets of library supplies provider Highsmith, previously maintained under Grainger's U.S. Specialty Brands portfolio, to DEMCO, Inc., the leading provider of solutions to America's libraries and schools. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. As part of a strategic review of the Specialty Brands portfolio, Grainger is also assessing the possible divestiture of four additional brands,... 
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12/13/10Grainger Reports November 2010 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Dec. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of November 2010. Daily sales increased 14 percent versus November 2009. Results for the month included a 2 percentage point contribution from acquisitions and a 1 percentage point contribution from foreign exchange. Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, daily sales for the company increased 11 percent. November had 21 selling days in 2010 and 20 in 2009. The 2010 fourth quarter will have 63 selling days compared to 64 in the 2009 fourth quarter. November Daily Sales by Segment 2010 v. 2009 ... 
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12/05/10Acklands-Grainger Inc. Acquires Industrial Products Business in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, Canada
TORONTO, December 6, 2010 – Acklands-Grainger Inc., Canada’s largest distributor of industrial, safety and fastener supplies, today announced it has entered into an asset purchase agreement to acquire the Nova Scotia and New Brunswick business of Wolseley Industrial Products (Amalgamated) Inc., a distributor of industrial, construction, MRO and safety products. Acklands-Grainger expects an incremental sales contribution of approximately $14 million from this acquisition over the next 12 months. The deal was effective December 6, 2010 and terms were not disclosed. "This acquisition will improve our service to customers and will help us enhance our position as our customers' valued partner i... 
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11/17/10Grainger Provides Outlook at Analyst Meeting
Narrows 2010 EPS guidance to a range of $6.50 to $6.70 Issues 2011 EPS guidance of $7.15 to $7.90 CHICAGO, Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, held its annual analyst meeting in Lake Forest, Illinois, today. Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Ryan, hosted the event. The meeting also included presentations from several other Grainger leaders. As part of the meeting, Grainger provided the following outlook for sales and earnings in 2010 and 2011: For the 2010 fourth quarter, the company is forecasting sales to incre... 
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11/15/10Grainger to Host Annual Analyst Meeting
CHICAGO, Nov. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, will host its annual analyst meeting on Wednesday, November 17th, 2010, in Lake Forest, Illinois. Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Ryan, will host the event. The meeting will also include presentations from the following leaders: D.G. Macpherson, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain Court Carruthers, Senior Vice President and President, Grainger International Mike Pulick, Senior Vice President and President, Grainger United States Ron Jadin, Senior Vice... 
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11/12/10Grainger Reports October 2010 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Nov. 12, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of October 2010. Daily sales increased 11 percent versus October 2009. Results for the month included a 1 percentage point contribution from acquisitions and a 1 percentage point contribution from foreign exchange. Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, daily sales for the company increased 9 percent. October had 21 selling days in 2010 and 22 in 2009. The 2010 fourth quarter will have 63 selling days compared to 64 in the 2009 fourth quarter. October Daily Sales by Segment 2010 v. 2009 United States ... 
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11/11/10Grainger Honors Veterans Through Expanded Scholarship Program
Community College Partnership Stresses Importance of Industrial Trades Careers CHICAGO, Nov. 11, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading facilities maintenance supplier, has expanded its Grainger Tools for Tomorrow(R) scholarship program for the fifth consecutive year. In the 2010 - 2011 academic year, Grainger will offer 75 community colleges across the United States two, $2,000 scholarships to award to community college students enrolled in industrial trades programs such as welding, plumbing, automotive and construction. In addition, upon graduation, scholarship recipients will receive a Westward(R) toolkit outfitted for their industrial trade skill... 
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10/26/10Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Oct 26, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. has declared a cash dividend of 54 cents per share payable on December 1, 2010, to shareholders of record on November 8, 2010. W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2009 sales of $6.2 billion is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products with an expanding presence in Asia and Latin America. For more information about the company, visit www.grainger.com/investor. SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc. ... 
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10/14/10Grainger Announces Acquisition of SafetyCertified
CHICAGO, Oct 14, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading broad line distributor of facilities maintenance products, today announced it has acquired substantially all of the assets of SafetyCertified, Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "As North America's largest distributor of safety products, we are committed to helping businesses and institutions manage and operate safe and healthy workplaces," said Mike Pulick, President of Grainger's U.S. Business. "As our customers are asked to do more with less, they are looking for a provider who can meet both product and service needs. By integrating new service capabilities like SafetyCertified into ... 
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10/14/10Grainger Reports Third Quarter 2010 Earnings Per Share of $2.06, Including $0.07 Contribution From Unusual Item
Raises 2010 EPS guidance to $6.40 to $6.70 Quarterly Highlights - Sales of $1.9 billion, up 19 percent - Operating earnings of $251 million, up 35 percent - Operating cash flow of $217 million - Pretax ROIC* of 30.2 percent CHICAGO, Oct 14, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2010. Third quarter sales of $1.9billion increased 19 percent versus the 2009 third quarter. Both quarters had the same number of selling days (64). Net earnings for the quarter increased 4 percent to $150 million versus $145 million in 2009. Earnings per share increased 10percent to $2.06 versus $1.88 for the third ... 
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09/20/10Acklands-Grainger Inc. Acquires Solus Securite Inc.
CHICAGO, Sept 20, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger today announced that its Canadian subsidiary, Acklands-Grainger Inc., Canada's largest distributor of industrial, safety and fastener supplies, has purchased Solus Securite Inc. effective September 17, 2010. With 2009 sales of approximately C$20 million, Solus Securite is a leading fire protection and safety distributor in Quebec with locations in Trois Rivieres, Victoriaville, Montreal and Sorel. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "Our Quebec customers have told us they want more products and services available to them that help them keep their facilities and employees safe," said Sean O'Brien, President of Acklands-Grainger.... 
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09/13/10Grainger to Present at Morgan Keegan Industrial Conference
CHICAGO, Sept 13, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Michael Pulick, President, Grainger U.S., will be presenting at the Morgan Keegan Industrial/Transportation Conference in Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday, September 15, 2010. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 9:05 a.m. CDT, will be available for 30 days at the following web site, www.grainger.com/investor. In addition, the presentation slides will be posted on the Speeches and Presentations section of Grainger's Investor Relations Web site, listed above. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2009 sales of $6.2 billion is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products with an expand... 
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09/13/10Grainger Reports August 2010 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Sept 13, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of August 2010. Daily sales increased 20 percent versus August 2009. Results for the month included a 5 percentage point contribution from acquisitions and a 1 percentage point contribution from foreign exchange. Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, daily sales for the company increased 14 percent. August had 22 selling days in 2010 and 21 in 2009. The 2010 third quarter has the same number of selling days (64) as the 2009 third quarter. August Daily Sales by Segment 2010 v. 2009 United States ... 
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08/12/10Richard L. Keyser, Former Grainger Chairman Named Public Company Director of the Year by National Association of Corporate Directors
CHICAGO, Aug 12, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today announced Richard L. Keyser, the company's former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer has been named 2010 Public Company Director of the Year by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Mr. Keyser was recognized by his boardroom peers for having exemplary, steady leadership in dynamic and challenging environments. The NACD Director of the Year awards recognize distinguished individual directors as role models in promoting exemplary board leadership, oversight excellence and courage in the boardroom. Mr. Keyser will be honored at an awards banquet in October at the NACD Annual Corporate Governance ... 
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08/11/10Grainger Reports July 2010 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Aug 11, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of July 2010. Daily sales increased 21 percent versus July 2009. Results for the month included a 5 percentage point positive contribution from acquisitions and a 1 percentage point contribution from foreign exchange. Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, daily sales for the company increased 15 percent. July had 21 selling days in 2010 and 22 in 2009. The 2010 third quarter will have the same number of selling days (64) as the 2009 third quarter. July Daily Sales by Segment 2010 v. 2009 United States ... 
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07/28/10Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend and Authorizes New Share Repurchase Program
CHICAGO, July 28, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. today declared a cash dividend of 54 cents per share payable on September 1, 2010, to shareholders of record on August 9, 2010. In addition, the board authorized the repurchase of up to 10 million shares of the company's outstanding common stock. Since 1984, Grainger repurchases have returned more than $3.5 billion to shareholders and reduced the number of shares outstanding by more than 38 percent. Repurchases under the new program are expected to be made periodically in the open market and/or through privately negotiated transactions. Shares repurchased will be available for general corporat... 
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07/15/10Grainger Reports Second Quarter 2010 Earnings Per Share of $1.73, Including $0.08 Contribution from Unusual Item
Raises 2010 EPS guidance to $6.10 to $6.40 Quarterly Highlights - Sales of $1.8 billion, up 16 percent - Operating earnings of $215 million, up 40 percent - EPS of $1.73, up 43 percent - Operating cash flow of $173 million - Pretax ROIC* of 27.9 percent CHICAGO, July 15, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2010. Second quarter sales of $1.8 billion increased 16 percent versus the 2009 second quarter. Both quarters had the same number of selling days (64). Net earnings for the quarter increased 40 percent to $129 million versus $92 million in 2009. Earnings per share increased 43 percent to $... 
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06/21/10Grainger Creates Joint Venture in Colombia With Affiliate of Torhefe S.A.
CHICAGO, June 21, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today announced it has formed a joint venture with an affiliate of Torhefe S.A., THF International SAS. Grainger owns an 80 percent majority position in the joint venture, with THF International SAS maintaining 20 percent. The joint venture has acquired substantially all of the assets of Torhefe and will be known as Grainger Colombia. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "Grainger Colombia brings together Torhefe's rich history of customer service in Colombia, and Grainger's unmatched North American supply chain and commitment to service," said Court Carruthers, President, Grainger International. "Grainger continues to... 
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06/14/10Grainger to Present at William Blair Growth Stock Conference
CHICAGO, June 14, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Jim Ryan, Grainger Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, will be presenting at the William Blair & Company 30th Annual Growth Stock Conference in Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday, June 16, 2010. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 10:40 a.m. CDT, will be available for 30 days at the following web site, (http://www.wsw.com/webcast/blair36/gww/). In addition the presentation slides will be posted on the Speeches and Presentations section of Grainger's Investor Relations Web site, www.grainger.com/investor. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2009 sales of $6.2 billion is North America's leading broad line supplier... 
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06/10/10Grainger Reports May 2010 Sales Results
CHICAGO, June 10, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of May 2010. Daily sales increased 16 percent versus May 2009. Results for the month included a 5 percentage point positive contribution from acquisitions and a 2 percentage point contribution from foreign exchange. Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, daily sales for the company increased 9 percent. May had 20 selling days in both 2009 and 2010. The 2010 second quarter will have the same number of selling days (64) as the 2009 second quarter. May Daily Sales by Segment 2010 v. 2009 United States ... 
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05/17/10Grainger to Present at 2010 EPG Spring Conference
CHICAGO, May 17, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Jim Ryan, Grainger (NYSE: GWW) Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, and Ron Jadin, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will be presenting at the Electrical Products Group's annual spring conference in Longboat Key, Florida on Wednesday, May 19, 2010. The audio webcast of the event is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. EDT and will be available for 30 days at www.grainger.com/investor. In addition the presentation slides will be posted on the Speeches and Presentations section of Grainger's Investor Relations Web site. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2009 sales of $6.2 billion is North America's leading broad line su... 
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05/12/10Grainger Reports April 2010 Sales Results
CHICAGO, May 12, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of April 2010. Daily sales increased 16 percent versus April 2009. Results for the month included a 5 percentage point positive contribution from acquisitions and a 3 percentage point contribution from foreign exchange. Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, daily sales for the company increased 8 percent. April had 22 selling days in both 2009 and 2010. The 2010 second quarter will have the same number of selling days (64) as the 2009 second quarter. April Daily Sales by Segment 2010 v. 2009 United States ... 
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04/28/10Grainger's Shareholders Elect 12 Directors and Other Meeting Highlights
CHICAGO, April 28, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --At the Grainger (NYSE: GWW) annual shareholder meeting held in Lake Forest, IL, today, Grainger Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Ryan addressed the state of the business and offered a recap of 2009 full year and 2010 first quarter performance. As part of his remarks, Ryan provided an update on business trends for the month of April and indicated that the company is now forecasting daily sales growth of 16 to 18 percent for the month of April over April of 2009. For a copy of his speech, go to www.grainger.com/investor. Shareholders elected the following 12 directors: Brian P. Anderson ... 
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04/28/10Grainger Increases Quarterly Dividend by 17 Percent
Decision represents 39th consecutive annual increase CHICAGO, April 28, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --W.W. Grainger, Inc. (GWW) announced today that its board of directors raised the quarterly cash dividend by 17 percent to 54 cents per share payable on June 1, 2010, to shareholders of record on May 10, 2010. This reflects the 39th consecutive year of dividend increases, a record that only 15 S&P 500 companies can claim. "Grainger has demonstrated a history of strong, stable cash generation. Our 17 percent increase affirms our desire to continue to return cash through dividends, which rewards our long-term shareholders," said Grainger Chairman, President and Chief Executive Offi... 
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04/23/10American Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Partnership Program with W.W. Grainger, Inc. Grows with Addition of Cisco Global Volunteer Initiative
“Ready When the Time Comes” program trains workplace disaster volunteers WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 23, 2010) – The American Red Cross and W.W. Grainger, Inc. today welcomed Cisco as the newest participant in the Red Cross “Ready When the Time Comes” corporate volunteer program that trains employees from businesses and mobilizes them as a community-based volunteer force when disasters strike. Grainger (NYSE: GWW), a leading industrial distributor, is National Founding Sponsor of “Ready When the Time Comes,” the nation’s premier workplace disaster volunteer program. Since its creation in 2006, “Ready When the Time Comes” has led to more than 10,000 employees of 300 organizations in the Unite... 
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04/14/10Grainger Reports Earnings Per Share of $1.31, Including Net Negative Charge of $0.07 for the 2010 First Quarter
--Raises 2010 EPS guidance to $5.70 to $6.10 --Quarterly Highlights -- Sales of $1.7 billion, up 14 percent -- Operating earnings of $183 million, up 15 percent -- EPS of $1.31, up 5 percent, including the following items: -- $0.15 charge related to the new health care legislation -- $0.08 benefit as a result of change in paid time off policy in the U.S. -- Operating cash flow of $113 million, up $70 million from Q1 of 2009 -- U.S. business sales growth of 8 percent, earnings growth of 11 percent, excluding paid time off policy change -- Generated pretax ROIC* of 25.9 percent CHICAGO, April 14, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported first quarter sales of $1.7 ... 
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03/18/10Grainger Ranked #1 Company Among Diversified Wholesalers on FORTUNE Magazine's 2010 "World's Most Admired Companies" List
CHICAGO, March 18, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- FORTUNE Magazine has named Grainger (NYSE: GWW) the "most admired" company among diversified wholesalers in the magazine's annual listing of the World's Most Admired Companies. The recognition will appear in the upcoming March 22, 2010 issue. Grainger is the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions. "This honor belongs to our outstanding employees," said Grainger Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, James T. Ryan. "It is their passion for serving professionals who keep workplaces safe, efficient and functioning that sets us apart in the marketplace." F... 
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03/10/10Grainger Reports February 2010 Sales Results
CHICAGO, March 10, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of February 2010. Daily sales increased 12 percent versus February 2009. Results for the month included a 5 percentage point positive contribution from acquisitions, a 1 percentage point benefit from the sales of seasonal products and 2 percentage point contribution from foreign exchange. Excluding acquisitions, seasonal sales and foreign exchange, daily sales for the company increased 4 percent. February 2009 and 2010 both had 20 selling days. The 2010 first quarter will have the same number of selling days (63) as the 2009 first quarter. February... 
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02/22/10Acklands-Grainger Inc. Acquires Ranson Industrial and Safety Supplies Inc.
TORONTO, February 22, 2010 – Acklands-Grainger Inc., Canada’s largest distributor of industrial and safety supplies, today announced that it has acquired the assets of Ranson Industrial and Safety Supplies Inc., effective February 20, 2010. Ranson, with 2009 sales of approximately C$8 million, is a distributor of industrial and safety products with one location in Sarnia, Ontario. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "Ranson is a leading distributor of industrial and safety supplies in Southwestern Ontario with a track record of exceptional customer service,” said Sean O’Brien, President of Acklands-Grainger. “With this acquisition, we look forward to building upon our shared goal of helpi... 
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02/17/10Twelve Directors Slated for Grainger's Board to be Voted on at the Company's Annual Meeting on April 28, 2010
Slate includes one new nominee, E. Scott SantiCHICAGO, Feb 17, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The Board of Directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) today selected a slate of nominees to serve for the 2010 - 2011 period. Eleven of the candidates are current board members; the board also nominated E. Scott Santi, vice chairman of Illinois Tool Works Inc., as a twelfth candidate. The current eleven members to be voted on at the annual meeting are: Brian P. Anderson Wilbur H. Gantz V. Ann Hailey William K. Hall Stuart L. Levenick John W. McCarter, Jr. Neil S. Novich Michael J. Roberts ... 
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02/11/10Grainger Reports January 2010 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Feb 11, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of January 2010. Daily sales increased 12 percent versus January 2009. Results for the month included a 5 percentage point positive contribution from acquisitions, a 2 percentage point benefit from the timing of the New Years' holiday and a 2 percentage point contribution from foreign exchange. Excluding acquisitions, holiday timing and foreign exchange, daily sales for the company increased 3 percent. January 2010 had 20 selling days versus 21 in January 2009. The 2010 first quarter will have the same number of selling days (63) as the 2009 first quarter. ... 
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02/08/10Grainger Launches its 2010 Catalog, Features Broadest Product Offering in Company's 83 Year History
LAKE FOREST, IL (Feb. 8, 2010) – Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America’s leading distributor of facilities maintenance supplies, today announced the release of its 2010 catalog including more than 300,000 maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products, the company’s largest offering yet. “As businesses and institutions are challenged to find ways to do more with fewer resources, now more than ever, customers are looking to Grainger to help them reduce the cost of maintaining their facilities,” said Mike Pulick, President, Grainger U.S. “We continue to invest in the products, programs and services that businesses and institutions of all sizes need to keep their facilities safe, efficient an... 
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01/27/10Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Jan 27, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. have declared a cash dividend of 46cents per share payable on March 1, 2010, to shareholders of record on February 8, 2010. W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2009 sales of $6.2 billion is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions in the United States and Canada, with an expanding presence in Japan, Mexico, India, China and Panama. Through a highly integrated network including branches, distribution centers and Web sites, Grainger's employees help customers get the job done. For more information about the company, visit www.grainger.com/investor.... 
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01/26/10Grainger Reports Sales of $6.2 Billion and Earnings Per Share of $5.62 for the Year Ended December 31, 2009
--Highlights -- 4Q09 sales of $1.6 billion, up 3 percent 4Q09 EPS of $1.27, down 7 percent, including the following items: $0.07 in asset impairment charges $0.05 in severance charges $732 million in operating cash flow for the year $507 million returned to shareholders in dividends & share repurchases in 2009 Pretax ROIC* of 24.9 percent versus 29.8 percent in 2008 Visit www.grainger.com/investor to access a podcast describing Grainger's performance in more detail. CHICAGO, Jan 26, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales, earnings and earnings per share for the year ended December 31, 2009. Sales of $6.2 billion... 
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12/10/09Grainger Reports November 2009 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW - News) today reported sales results for the month of November 2009. Daily sales increased 2 percent versus November 2008. Results for the month included a 4 percentage point positive contribution from acquisitions and a 2 percentage point benefit from foreign exchange. Sales were negatively affected by approximately 1 percentage point due to a decline in the sales of seasonal products. Excluding acquisitions, foreign exchange and the effects of seasonal products, daily sales for the company declined 3 percent. November 2009 had 20 selling days versus 19 in November 2008. The 2009 fourth quarter will have the same number of selli... 
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11/30/09Acklands-Grainger Inc. Acquires K&D Pratt Industrial Division
TORONTO, November 30, 2009 – Acklands-Grainger Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Grainger, North America’s leading industrial distributor, today announced that it has acquired the assets of the K&D Pratt Industrial Division effective November 28, 2009. The industrial division, with 2008 sales of approximately C$12 million, is a distributor of industrial and safety products with facilities in Dartmouth, NS, St. John’s, NL, and Saint John, NB. It was previously one of six business units owned and operated by K&D Pratt Group Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "We are very excited about joining forces with the K&D Pratt Industrial Division and anticipate it will help us enhance ... 
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11/18/09Grainger Announces Acquisition of Alliance Energy Solutions
CHICAGO, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading broad line distributor of facilities maintenance products, today announced it has signed and closed an all cash acquisition of Alliance Energy Solutions. Grainger anticipates the transaction should be accretive to earnings in 2010 by approximately $0.01 - 0.02 per share. Other terms of the deal were not disclosed. Grainger Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer James T. Ryan said, "This transaction is the first service-based acquisition we're adding to our U.S. customer offering and we anticipate it will help us accelerate our strategy to become our customers' indispensable partner i... 
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11/18/09Grainger Provides Outlook at Analyst Meeting
Issues 2010 EPS Guidance of $5.30 to $5.80 CHICAGO, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions, held its annual analyst meeting in Lake Forest, Illinois, today. Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, James T. Ryan, hosted the event. The meeting also included presentations from several other Grainger leaders. As part of the meeting, Grainger provided the following outlook for sales and earnings in 2009 and 2010: For the 2009 fourth quarter, the company is forecasting sales to be in a range of down 2% to up 1%, with earnings per share for the qu... 
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11/18/09Grainger Reports October 2009 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of October 2009. Daily sales declined 3 percent versus October 2008. Results for the month included a 3 percentage point contribution from acquisitions and a 2 percentage point benefit from foreign exchange. Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, daily sales for the company declined 8 percent. October 2009 had 22 selling days versus 23 in October 2008. The 2009 fourth quarter will have the same number of selling days (64) as the 2008 fourth quarter. October Daily Sales by Segment 2009 v. 2008 United States ... 
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11/16/09Grainger to Host Annual Analyst Meeting
CHICAGO, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions, will host its annual analyst meeting on Wednesday, November 18th, 2009, in Lake Forest, Illinois. Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, James T. Ryan, will host the event. The meeting will also include presentations from the following leaders: -- Ron Jadin, Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer -- D.G. Macpherson, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain -- Mike Pulick, Senior Vice President and President, Grainger United States -- Court Carruthers, Senior Vice... 
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11/02/09Grainger Launches New Online Search Tool: Makes Doing Business Online Easier
CHICAGO, Nov 02, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading distributor of facilities maintenance supplies, today announced the launch of its new online "search and select" tool. This tool makes it easier for customers to search and find any of the more than 400,000 maintenance, repair and operating products through its website, grainger.com. The new online search tool provides quicker, easier and more accurate service, helping customers save time and money. (To learn more, go to www.grainger.com/newsearch.) "Customers tell us they need a partner to help them increase productivity and profitability, especially in this tough economy," said Sam Ki... 
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10/28/09Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. at their meeting today declared a cash dividend of 46 cents per share payable on December 1, 2009, to shareholders of record on November 9, 2009. W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2008 sales of $6.9 billion is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions in United States, Canada, Japan, Mexico, India, China and Panama. Through a highly integrated network including more than 600 branches, 18 distribution centers and multiple Web sites, Grainger's employees help customers get the job done. For more information about the company, visit www.grainger.com... 
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10/14/09Grainger Announces Acquisition of Imperial Supplies, LLC
CHICAGO, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading broad line distributor of facilities maintenance products, today announced it has signed and closed an all cash acquisition of Imperial Supplies, LLC from American Capital, Ltd. (Nasdaq: ACAS). No other terms of the agreement were disclosed. Grainger anticipates the transaction should be accretive to earnings by $.03-$.05 a share in 2010 including product and transportation cost savings. Imperial is a national distributor of quality maintenance products and aftermarket components for the vehicle and fleet industry. The company has built its strong reputation by offering customers highly ... 
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10/14/09Grainger Reports Earnings Per Share of $1.88 for the 2009 Third Quarter, Including a One-Time $0.37 Gain
Quarterly highlights CHICAGO, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported third quarter sales of $1.6 billion, which were down 14 percent versus third quarter 2008. Net earnings for the quarter increased 3 percent to $145 million versus $140 million in 2008. Earnings per share increased by 6 percent to $1.88 versus $1.77** for the third quarter of 2008. The 2009 third quarter included a one-time $47 million pre-tax or $0.37 per share gain from the step-up of its investment in MonotaRO Co. Ltd., after Grainger became a majority owner in September. "Despite the effects of the sluggish economy, we are pleased with our results," said Grainger Chairman and... 
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09/16/09Grainger to Present at Morgan Keegan Industrial Conference
CHICAGO, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Michael Pulick, President, Grainger U.S., will be presenting at the Morgan Keegan Industrial/Transportation Conference in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday, September 17, 2009. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 9:45 a.m. CDT, will be available for 30 days at the following web site, www.grainger.com/investor. In addition the presentation slides will be posted on the Speeches and Presentations section of Grainger's Investor Relations Web site, listed above. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2008 sales of $6.9 billion, is a leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institu... 
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09/14/09Grainger Completes Tender Offer Bid; Achieves 53% Stake in MonotaRO Co., Ltd.
CHICAGO, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger, North America's leading broad line distributor of facilities maintenance products, today announced it has completed its tender offer bid in Japan for 380,000 shares of MonotaRO Co., Ltd., a Japanese company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, at a price of 1,010 Yen ($11.11) per common share. As a result of the completion of the transaction, Grainger has achieved a 53% majority ownership in MonotaRO and will consolidate MonotaRO's results beginning with the balance sheet in the third quarter and the full income statement in the fourth quarter. As a majority owner, Grainger will recognize 100% of the fair value of acquired assets an... 
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09/11/09Grainger Reports August 2009 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of August 2009. Daily sales declined 13 percent versus August 2008, primarily the result of weak demand across all customer end-markets and geographies. Foreign exchange negatively affected sales by approximately 1 percentage point. There were the same number of selling days in August 2009 and August 2008 (21). The 2009 third quarter will have the same number of selling days (64) as the 2008 third quarter. August Daily Sales by Segment 2009 v. 2008 United States -14% ... 
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09/02/09Grainger to Provide Supply Chain Update at Investor Meeting
CHICAGO, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- D.G. Macpherson, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain, will present an update on Grainger's logistics network at an investor meeting and tour of the company's distribution center in Robbinsville, N.J., on Thursday, September 3, 2009. The audio webcast of Macpherson's presentation, scheduled to begin at 12:45 p.m. EDT, can be accessed through the company's Web site at www.grainger.com/investor. In addition, a recording of the webcast will be available for 30 days on the site. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2008 sales of $6.9 billion, is a leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving bus... 
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09/02/09Grainger Promotes Sean O'Brien to President, Acklands-Grainger
CHICAGO, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), a leading industrial distributor, today announced that Sean O'Brien, 42, has been named to the position of President, Acklands-Grainger Inc., Grainger's Canadian subsidiary. O'Brien's new responsibilities include oversight of the Canadian business operations which had revenues of $728 million (C$773 million) in 2008. O'Brien succeeds and reports to Court D. Carruthers who became Senior Vice President and President, Grainger International, in March of this year. "Sean's energy and experience will help drive continued success in the Canadian maintenance, repair and operating supplies (MRO) market," said Carruthers. "We h... 
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09/01/09Grainger Promotes Jeff Yin to Vice President and General Manager, Grainger China
CHICAGO, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), a leading industrial distributor, today announced that Jeff Yin, 47, has been named to the position of Vice President and General Manager, Grainger China, based in Shanghai. Yin's new responsibilities include oversight of the Chinese business operations, which had revenues of approximately $10 million in 2008. He reports to Court Carruthers, Senior Vice President and President, Grainger International. "We opened in Shanghai in 2006, the first U.S. industrial distribution company to be established on a standalone basis in China. Our goal is to rapidly grow our MRO business in China, leveraging our strengths in safety prod... 
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08/12/09Grainger Reports July 2009 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of July 2009. Daily sales declined 14 percent versus July 2008, primarily the result of weak demand across all customer end-markets and geographies. Foreign exchange negatively affected sales by approximately one percentage point. There were the same number of selling days in July 2009 and July 2008 (22). The 2009 third quarter will have the same number of selling days (64) as the 2008 third quarter. July Daily Sales by Segment 2009 v. 2008 United States -14% Canada ... 
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07/29/09Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, July 29, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. at their meeting today declared a cash dividend of 46 cents per share payable on September 1, 2009, to shareholders of record on August 10, 2009. W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2008 sales of $6.9 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions in United States, Canada, Mexico, India, China and Panama. Through a highly integrated network including more than 600 branches, 18 distribution centers and multiple Web sites, Grainger's employees help customers get the job done. For more information about the company, visit www.graing... 
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07/15/09Grainger Reports Earnings Per Share Of $1.21 For The 2009 Second Quarter
Quarterly highlights Sales of $1.5 billion down 13 percent Net earnings of $92 million down 18 percent EPS of $1.21 down 15 percent Operating cash flow of $190 million Generated pretax ROIC of 23.8 percent* Visit www.grainger.com/investor to access a podcast with Grainger's supplemental commentary. CHICAGO, July 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported second quarter sales of $1.5 billion, which were down 13 percent versus second quarter 2008. Net earnings for the quarter de... 
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06/19/09Grainger to Acquire Majority Ownership in MonotaRO Co., Ltd.
CHICAGO, June 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger, North America's leading broad line distributor of facilities maintenance products, today announced it plans to become a 53% majority owner of MonotaRO, a direct marketer of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies in Japan. Grainger expects to invest approximately $4M through a tender offer bid process later this summer. Established in 2000 in Osaka, MonotaRO started as a joint venture company between Grainger and Sumitomo Corporation supplying MRO products in Japan. MonotaRO has successfully innovated in the Japanese MRO market, the second largest industrial market in the world, offering more than 110,000 products... 
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06/08/09Grainger Reports May 2009 Sales Results
CHICAGO, June 8, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of May 2009. Daily sales declined ten percent versus May 2008, primarily the result of weak demand across all customer end-markets and geographies. Foreign exchange negatively affected sales by approximately two percentage points. Sales from pandemic related product as a result of the H1N1 virus outbreak positively affected sales by one percentage point. There was one less selling day in May 2009 (20) versus May 2008 (21). The 2009 second quarter has the same number of selling days (64) as the 2008 second quarter. May Daily Sales by Segment ... 
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06/05/09Grainger to Present at William Blair Growth Stock Conference
CHICAGO, June 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- James T. Ryan, Grainger Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, will be presenting at the William Blair & Company 29th Annual Growth Stock Conference in Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday, June 9, 2009. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 10:10 a.m. CDT, will be available for 30 days at the following web site, http://www.wsw.com/webcast/blair17/gww/. In addition the presentation slides will be posted on the Speeches and Presentations section of Grainger's Investor Relations Web site, www.grainger.com/investor. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2008 sales of $6.9 billion, is a leading broad line s... 
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06/04/09Grainger Announces Acquisition of Asia Pacific Brands
CHICAGO, June 4, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading broad line distributor of facilities maintenance products, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire full ownership of its joint venture in India, Asia Pacific Brands India Private Limited, one of India's leading industrial and electrical wholesale distributors. "We are excited about growing our business in India," said Grainger's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Ryan. "As that economy gets more competitive, Indian companies want efficient and reliable ways to get the quality products they need to keep their facilities running and their employees safe. Wit... 
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05/19/09Grainger to Present at 2009 EPG Spring Conference
CHICAGO, May 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- James T. Ryan, Grainger Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, will be presenting at the Electrical Products Group's annual spring conference in Longboat Key, Florida on Wednesday, May 20, 2009. The audio webcast of the event is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. EDT and will be available for 30 days. In addition the presentation slides will be posted on the Speeches and Presentations section of Grainger's Investor Relations Web site, www.grainger.com/investor. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2008 sales of $6.9 billion, is a leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses an... 
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05/12/09Grainger Reports April 2009 Sales Results
CHICAGO, May 12, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of April 2009. Daily sales declined 15 percent versus April 2008, primarily the result of weak demand across all customer end-markets and geographies. Sales were negatively affected by approximately 2 percentage points due to foreign exchange. There were 22 selling days in both April 2009 and April 2008. The 2009 second quarter will have the same number of selling days (64) as the 2008 second quarter. April Daily Sales by Segment 2009 v. 2008 United States -14% ... 
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04/29/09Grainger's Shareholders Approve 13 Board Members and Ratify Auditor Ernst & Young LLP, for 2009 - 2010
CHICAGO, April 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- At the Grainger (NYSE: GWW) annual shareholder meeting held in Lake Forest, IL, today, Grainger Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President James T. Ryan provided an update on state of the business and a recap of 2008 and 2009 first quarter performance. For a copy of his speech, go to www.grainger.com/investor. Shareholders re-elected 13 directors, all of whom were previously serving on the board. The directors are: Brian P. Anderson Neil S. Novich Wilbur H. Gantz Michael J. Roberts V. Ann Hailey Gary L. Rogers Willia... 
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04/29/09Grainger Raises Quarterly Dividend
Decision represents 38th consecutive annual increase CHICAGO, April 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- W.W. Grainger, Inc. (GWW) announced today that its board of directors today raised the cash dividend by 15 percent to 46 cents per share payable on June 1, 2009, to shareholders of record on May 11, 2009. This decision reflects the company's confidence in its future and ability to continue to deliver higher annual dividend income to its shareholders, something that Grainger has done for 38 consecutive years. Grainger Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Ryan said, "In spite of the tough economy, our strong, stable cash flow and disciplined approach allow us to... 
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04/28/09Grainger Promotes James T. Ryan to Chairman of the Board
CHICAGO, April 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- W. W. Grainger, Inc. announced that Grainger's CEO and President James T. Ryan will add the title and responsibilities of chairman of the board, effective today. He is succeeding Richard L. Keyser, who was named Chairman Emeritus and remains a member of the board of directors. Both men are standing for election to Grainger's Board of Directors on April 29, 2009. Keyser said, "Jim becomes chairman at a time that Grainger is poised to deliver even greater returns for its shareholders. He brings energy, discipline and passion to a company dedicated to providing great customer service. Jim's depth of industry experience and tenure ... 
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04/14/09Grainger Reports Earnings Per Share of $1.25 for the 2009 First Quarter
Generates pretax ROIC of 24.8 percent* Highlights - Sales of $1.5 billion down 12 percent, down 10 percent on a daily basis - Net earnings of $96 million down 16 percent - EPS of $1.25 down 11 percent - Repurchased 1.9 million shares - Generated pretax ROIC of 24.8 percent* Visit www.grainger.com/investor to access a Podcast describing Grainger's performance in more detail. CHICAGO, April 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported first quarter sales of $1.5 billion, which were down 12 percent versus first quarter 2008. There was one less selling day in the quarter; on a daily basis sales were down 10 ... 
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03/11/09Grainger Reports February 2009 Sales Results
CHICAGO, March 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of February 2009. Daily sales declined 10 percent versus February 2008, primarily the result of weak demand across all customer end-markets and geographies. Sales were negatively affected by approximately 2 percentage points due to foreign exchange. There was one less selling day in February 2009 (20) versus February 2008 (21). The 2009 first quarter will have one less selling day (63) versus the 2008 first quarter (64). February Daily Sales by Segment 2009 v. 2008 Grainger ... 
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02/11/09Grainger Reports January 2009 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of January, 2009. Daily sales declined 9 percent versus January 2008, primarily the result of weakened demand across all customer end-markets and geographies. Sales were negatively affected by approximately 2 percentage points due to foreign exchange. Sales for Friday, January 2nd, resulted in less than half of a day of normal volume and negatively affected sales growth by about 2 percentage points. There was one less selling day in January 2009 (21) versus January 2008 (22). The 2009 first quarter will have one less selling day (63) versus the 2008 first quarter (64).... 
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02/09/09Grainger Launches Its 2009 Catalog, Features Broadest Product Offering in Company's 82 Year History
CHICAGO, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading distributor of facilities maintenance supplies, today announced the release of its 2009 catalog including nearly 240,000 maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products. Grainger spokesperson Mike Rowe, creator, executive producer and host of Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs" is featured on the cover (for more information on this partnership see: http://www.grainger.com/mikerowe). "Now more than ever, businesses and institutions of all sizes are counting on us to be the one-stop shop for all of their facilities maintenance product needs," said Mike Pulick, President, Grainger U.S. "We ar... 
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02/02/09Grainger Promotes Carruthers to New Position as President, Grainger International
CHICAGO, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), a leading industrial distributor, today announced that Court Carruthers, 36, has been named to a newly created position as President of its international businesses in Canada (Acklands-Grainger Inc.), Mexico (Grainger S.A. de C.V.), and China. Carruthers' new responsibilities include growing and improving Grainger's international business operations, which had sales of more than $800 million in 2008. "Grainger's international opportunities to leverage its supply chain and drive increased sales and profitability are significant," said Carruthers, currently president of the company's Canadian subsidiary, Acklands-... 
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01/28/09Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. have declared a cash dividend of 40 cents per share payable on March 1, 2009 to shareholders of record on February 9, 2009. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2008 sales of $6.9 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China and Panama. Through a highly integrated network including more than 600 branches, 18 distribution centers and multiple Web sites, Grainger's employees help customers get the job done. For more information about the company, visit http://www.grainger.co... 
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01/26/09Grainger Reports Record Sales of $6.9 Billion and Earnings Per Share of $6.04 for the Year Ended December 31, 2008
2008 Highlights - Sales of $6.9 billion, up 7 percent, 6 percent on a daily basis - EPS were $6.04, up 22 percent - Earnings for the year include two unusual items totaling $0.13 per share - $0.08 per share in Q4 for write down of investment in joint venture - $0.05 per share in Q2 for government legal settlement - Operating cash flow was $530 million - 5.7 million shares were repurchased - $516 million to shareholders in form of dividends and share repurchases - Pretax ROIC* was 29.8 percent versus 28.5 in 2007 Visit www.grainger.com/investor to access a podcast describing Grainger's performa... 
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01/22/09Grainger and Mike Rowe Kick off Partnership, Reinforce Shared Commitment to Skilled Workforce of Tomorrow
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- This week Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading distributor of facilities maintenance supplies, kicked off a partnership with Mike Rowe, creator, executive producer and host of Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs." In his role as a Grainger spokesperson, Rowe will be featured on the cover of the company's 2009 catalog and make several appearances on behalf of the company. Rowe is also partnering with Grainger in raising awareness about the importance of technical education and the growing shortage of skilled workers. "Mike is an excellent fit for Grainger because like many of our customers, he knows what it means to roll ... 
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12/12/08Grainger Reports November 2008 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of November 2008. Daily sales declined 2 percent versus November 2007. Sales benefited by approximately 1 percentage point due to Lab Safety's acquisition of Highsmith. Sales were negatively affected by approximately 3 percentage points due to foreign exchange. There were two fewer selling days in November 2008 (19) versus November 2007 (21). The 2008 fourth quarter will have 64 selling days, the same as the 2007 fourth quarter. November Daily Sales by Segment 2008 v. 2007 Grainger Branch-based ... 
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11/19/08Grainger Provides Outlook at Analyst Meeting
Reiterates 2008 EPS guidance of $6.00 to $6.20 Issues 2009 EPS Guidance of $5.30 to $6.70 CHICAGO, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions, held its annual analyst meeting in Lake Forest, Illinois, today. Chairman, Richard L. Keyser, and President and Chief Executive Officer, James T. Ryan, hosted the event along with Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Ron Jadin. The event also included presentations from several other Grainger leaders. As part of the meeting, Grainger reiterated its 2008 earnings per shar... 
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11/17/08Grainger to Host Annual Analyst Meeting
Plans to discuss outlook for remainder of 2008 and expectations for 2009CHICAGO, Nov 17, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions, will host its annual analyst meeting on Wednesday, November 19th, 2008, in Lake Forest, Illinois. President and Chief Executive Officer, James T. Ryan, will host the event. The meeting will also include presentations from the following leaders: * Ron Jadin, Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer * Mike Pulick, Senior Vice President and President, Grainger Industrial Supply ... 
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11/12/08Grainger Reports October 2008 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of October 2008. Daily sales grew 4 percent versus October 2007. Sales benefited by approximately 1 percentage point due to Lab Safety's acquisition of Highsmith. Sales were negatively affected by approximately 2 percentage points due to foreign exchange. Selling days for the month (23) were the same in both years. The 2008 fourth quarter will have 64 selling days, the same as the 2007 fourth quarter. October Daily Sales by Segment 2008 v. 2007 Grainger Branch-based +5% ... 
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10/29/08Grainger Promotes Michael A. Pulick to President, Grainger Industrial Supply, and D.G. Macpherson to Head Global Supply Chain Function
CHICAGO, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- W. W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), the leading industrial distributor in North America, announced today that Michael A. Pulick, Senior Vice President for Customer Service, was promoted to Senior Vice President and President, Grainger Industrial Supply, effective November 1, 2008. Pulick, 44, is replacing Y.C. Chen, 61, who will stay on in a special advisory role with the company. At the same time, D.G. Macpherson, 41, will be taking on additional responsibility as the head of a new function. Y.C. Chen will retire as President, Grainger Industrial Supply, on November 1, 2008, but will stay on with the company providing guidance inter... 
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10/29/08Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. at their meeting today declared a cash dividend of 40 cents per share payable on December 1, 2008 to shareholders of record on November 10, 2008. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) with 2007 sales of $6.4 billion is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China and Panama. Through a highly integrated network including more than 600 branches, 18 distribution centers and multiple Web sites, Grainger's employees help customers get the job done. CONTACT: Media Ernest Duplessis ... 
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10/14/08Grainger Reports Record Sales and EPS for 2008 Third Quarter
Raises 2008 EPS guidance to $6.00 to $6.20 CHICAGO, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported record sales, earnings and earnings per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2008. Sales of $1.8 billion were up 11 percent, 9 percent on a daily basis, versus the third quarter of 2007. Net earnings for the quarter increased 28 percent to $140 million versus $109 million in 2007. Earnings per share grew 39 percent to $1.79, versus $1.29 for the 2007 third quarter. There were 64 sales days in the 2008 third quarter versus 63 days in 2007. "Our third quarter and year-to-date results are a testimony to Grainger's winning strategy and our employees' ... 
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09/11/08Grainger Reports August 2008 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of August 2008. Daily sales grew 7 percent versus August 2007. Sales benefited by approximately 1 percentage point due to Lab Safety's acquisition of Highsmith. Sales were negatively affected by approximately 2 percentage points due to a decline in sales of seasonal products. There were two less selling days in August 2008 (21) versus August 2007 (23). The 2008 third quarter will have 64 selling days, which is one more selling day than the 2007 third quarter. August Daily Sales by Segment 2008 v. 2007 ... 
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08/12/08Grainger Reports July 2008 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of July 2008. Daily sales grew 11 percent versus July 2007 including a 1 percentage point benefit from foreign currency primarily due to the strength of the Canadian dollar. Sales were negatively affected by approximately 1 percentage point due to softer sales of seasonal products. Sales were positively affected by approximately 1 percentage point due to Lab Safety Supply's acquisition of Highsmith, Inc., on July 10th. There was one more selling day in July 2008 (22) versus July 2007 (21). The 2008 third quarter will have 64 selling days versus 63 in the 2007 third quarter. ... 
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07/30/08Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, July 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. at their meeting today declared a cash dividend of 40 cents per share payable on September 1, 2008 to shareholders of record on August 11, 2008. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2007 sales of $6.4 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions in the United States, Canada, Mexico and China. Through a highly integrated network including more than 600 branches, 18 distribution centers and multiple Web sites, Grainger's employees help customers get the job done. CONTACT: Media Ernest Duplessis Vice P... 
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07/30/08Grainger Announces Joint Venture in India
Investment in local wholesaler marks first distribution initiative in India CHICAGO, July 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading broad line distributor of facilities maintenance products, today announced the company has bought a 49.9 percent stake in Asia Pacific Brands India Ltd., one of India's largest industrial and electrical wholesale distributors. The company paid $5.4 million; at the same time, the company matched a $1.1 million capital infusion with its joint venture partner intended to help grow the business. With 27 locations and more than 6,200 dealer relationships across India, Asia Pacific Brands had revenue of $47 million (USD... 
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07/25/08GRAINGER ANNOUNCES RESOLUTION OF GOVERNMENT TRADE AGREEMENTS ACT AND SOURCING CASE
CHICAGO, (July 25, 2008) – Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today announced that it has agreed to a settlement of $6 million, or $0.05 a share, with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve the Trade Agreements Act and Sourcing complaint, which had been unsealed in January 2008 in a federal court in Wisconsin. Demonstrating a commitment to cooperate fully with the Justice Department, Grainger resolved the complaint to avoid further costly legal fees. The company had previously taken a $0.05 per share reserve to fully fund the settlement. “We value our reputation with our customers and are committed to operating with the highest level of integrity,” said Grainger President and Chief Executive Officer... 
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07/15/08Grainger Reports 2nd Quarter 2008 Earnings Per Share of $1.43 Including a $0.05 Charge for Legal Reserve
Reiterates EPS guidance of $5.80 to $6.10 for 2008 Quarterly Highlights - Sales up 10 percent - Net earnings up 8 percent, 12 percent excluding charge - EPS up 18 percent, 22 percent excluding charge - Generated year-to-date pretax ROIC of 28.5 percent*, 28.8 percent excluding charge Visit www.grainger.com/investor to access a podcast describing Grainger's performance in more detail. CHICAGO, July 15, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales, earnings and earnings per share for the second quarter, which ended June 30, 2008. Sales of $1.8 billion were up 10 percent versus second quarter 2007. Net earnings for the quarter increase... 
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07/10/08Lab Safety Supply, Inc. Acquires Highsmith, Inc.
CHICAGO, July 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading industrial distributor, today announced that its direct marketing subsidiary, Lab Safety Supply, Inc., (LSS) has acquired substantially all of the assets of Highsmith, Inc. located in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Highsmith is a direct marketing leader in the library equipment, furniture and supplies market. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. "We are pleased to be adding Highsmith to our specialty catalog group," said Larry Loizzo, President of Lab Safety Supply. "They have built a solid brand position in the library and school supplies market over the past 50 years; we intend to bui... 
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06/17/08Grainger to Present at William Blair Growth Stock Conference
CHICAGO, June 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger President and Chief Executive Officer James T. Ryan will be presenting Wednesday, June 18, 2008, at the William Blair & Company 28th Annual Growth Stock Conference in Chicago, Ill. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 1:10p.m. CDT, will be available for 30 days at the following web site, http://www.wsw.com/webcast/blair13/gww/. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2007 sales of $6.4 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions in the United States, Canada, Mexico and China. Through a highly integrated network including more than 600 branches, 1... 
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06/13/08Grainger Reports May 2008 Sales Results
CHICAGO, June 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of May 2008. Daily sales grew 7 percent versus May 2007 including a 1 percentage point benefit from foreign currency primarily due to the Canadian dollar. Daily sales were negatively affected by approximately 1 percentage point due to a decline in the sales of seasonal products. There was one less selling day in May 2008 (21) versus May 2007 (22). The 2008 second quarter will have 64 selling days, the same as the 2007 second quarter. May Daily Sales by Segment 2008 v. 2007 Grainger Bran... 
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06/09/08Acklands - Grainger Inc. Acquires Excel Industriel
CHICAGO, June 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading industrial distributor, today announced that its Canadian subsidiary, Acklands - Grainger Inc., has acquired substantially all of the assets of Excel Industriel located in Granby, Quebec. Excel is a business-to-business broad line distributor of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. "We are very excited about joining forces with Excel," said Court D. Carruthers, President of Acklands - Grainger. "They are a leading player in the Eastern Townships of Quebec and have a long history of excellent customer service." "Excel has been i... 
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05/20/08Grainger to Present at 2008 EPG Spring Conference
CHICAGO, May 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- James T. Ryan -- currently Grainger President and Chief Operating Officer and effective June 1, 2008, Chief Executive Officer -- will be presenting Wednesday, May 21, 2008, at the Electrical Products Group of New York's annual spring conference in Longboat Key, Florida. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 9:00 a.m. ET, will be available for 30 days in addition to the presentation slides on the Speeches and Presentations section of Grainger's Investor Relations Web site, http://www.grainger.com/investor. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2007 sales of $6.4 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of facilities mainten... 
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05/12/08Grainger Reports April 2008 Sales Results
CHICAGO, May 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of April 2008. Daily sales grew 13 percent versus April 2007 including a 2 percentage point benefit from foreign currency primarily due to the Canadian dollar. Daily sales were positively affected by approximately 2 percentage points due to the timing of Easter. There was one extra selling day in April 2008 (22) versus April 2007 (21). The 2008 second quarter will have 64 selling days, the same as the 2007 second quarter. April Daily Sales by Segment 2008 v. 2007 Grainger Branch-based ... 
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04/30/08Grainger's Shareholders Approve 13 Board Members and Ratify Auditor Ernst & Young LLP, for 2008 - 2009
Shareholder Meeting Highlights CHICAGO, April 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- At Grainger's (NYSE: GWW) annual shareholder meeting held in Lake Forest, IL, today, Grainger Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Keyser and President and Chief Operating Officer James T. Ryan provided an update on the business and the company's key growth initiatives, including market expansion and product line expansion. In March, the Grainger board of directors expanded President James T. Ryan's role to add the title and responsibilities of Chief Executive Officer effective June 1, 2008. Richard L. Keyser will remain with the company as Chairman of the Board. ... 
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04/30/08Grainger Increases Quarterly Dividend By 14.3 Percent
Represents 37th consecutive annual increase CHICAGO, April 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) have raised the quarterly cash dividend by 14.3 percent to 40 cents per share payable on June 1, 2008, to shareholders of record on May 12, 2008. This action marks the 37th straight year of dividend increases. Grainger is one of only 20 companies in the S&P 500 to claim such a record. W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2007 sales of $6.4 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions in Canada, China, Mexico and the United States. Through a highly integ... 
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04/30/08Grainger Board Authorizes New Share Repurchase Program
CHICAGO, April 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today announced that its board of directors has authorized the repurchase of up to an additional 10 million shares of the company's outstanding common stock. Since 1984, Grainger has returned more than $2.7 billion to shareholders by repurchasing more than 59 million shares of stock on a split-adjusted basis, reducing the number of shares outstanding by more than 31 percent. Repurchases under the new program are expected to be made from time to time in the open market and/or privately negotiated transactions. The repurchased shares will be available for general corporate purposes. As of March 31, 2008, the company ... 
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04/14/08Grainger Reports Earnings Per Share of $1.43 for the 2008 First Quarter
Highlights Sales up 7 percent Net earnings up 12 percent EPS up 22 percent Repurchased 3.0 million shares Generated pretax ROIC of 29.4 percent* Visit www.grainger.com/investor to access a Podcast describing Grainger's performance in more detail. CHICAGO, April 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported record quarterly sales, earnings and earnings per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2008. Sales of $1.7 billion were up 7 percent versus first quarter 2007. Net earnings for the quarter increased 12 percent to $114 million versus $102 million in 2007. Earnings per share grew 22 perce... 
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04/04/08Grainger Announces Bank Term Loan
CHICAGO, April 4, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- W. W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) announced today that it has engaged Wachovia Capital Markets, LLC to syndicate a four year term loan of up to $500 million. The final amount of the loan will depend on financial market conditions. Proceeds are expected to be used primarily to pay off short-term debt. "We believe a modest level of intermediate to long term debt is in the best interest of our shareholders," said Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Ron Jadin. "Grainger will continue to maintain a financial position that provides us operational flexibility and best supports us for profitable growth." The loan ... 
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03/31/08Grainger Announces Leadership Succession
James T. Ryan to become chief executive officer CHICAGO, March 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- W. W. Grainger, Inc. announced today that as part of the company's planned succession process James T. Ryan, Grainger's President, will add the title and responsibilities of Chief Executive Officer effective June 1, 2008. He is succeeding Richard L. Keyser, who will remain with the company as Chairman of the Board. Both men are standing for election to the board on April 30, 2008. According to Keyser, "Jim becomes the fourth chief executive officer in Grainger's 80 year history, and we are fortunate to have someone as talented and qualified as he to take the helm. Ji... 
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03/12/08Grainger Reports February 2008 Sales Results
CHICAGO, March 12, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of February 2008. Daily sales grew 7 percent versus February 2007 including a 1 percentage point benefit from foreign currency. Sales were negatively affected by approximately 2 percentage points due to a decline in the sales of seasonal products. There was one extra selling day in February 2008 (21) versus February 2007 (20). February Daily Sales by Segment 2008 v. 2007 Grainger Branch-based +6 % Acklands - Grainger (Canada) +25 % ... 
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02/20/08Grainger Promotes Ronald L. Jadin to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
CHICAGO, Feb. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger's Board of Directors today elected Ronald L. Jadin to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. His new responsibilities include financial planning and analysis, financial processes, financial reporting, internal audit, and treasury operations. He is replacing P. Ogden Loux, who was named Vice Chairman. Both gentlemen will report to Grainger Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Keyser. The change will be effective March 1, 2008. Jadin, 47, was previously Vice President and Controller for the company. He joined Grainger in 1998 as Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for the com... 
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02/12/08Grainger Reports January 2008 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of January 2008. Sales grew 8 percent versus January 2007 including a 2 percentage point benefit from foreign exchange. Selling days for the month (22) were the same in both years. The 2008 first quarter will have 64 selling days, the same as the 2007 first quarter; however, the Easter holiday is in March this year versus April in 2007. January Daily Sales by Segment 2008 v. 2007 Grainger Branch-based +6% Acklands - Grainger +22% ... 
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02/08/08Grainger Responds to Complaint From Former Employee
CHICAGO, Feb 08, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ -- CHICAGO, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/-- Grainger today learned that the United States District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin Milwaukee Division had unsealed a complaint filed by a former employee alleging contract noncompliance in Grainger's General Services Administration (GSA) contract. The company first entered into the contract in 1999 and both parties agreed to extend the contract in 2004. On December 13, 2007, the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice informed Grainger of its concern that the company had not complied with the GSA contract's disclosure obligations and pricing provisions and had pote... 
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02/04/08Grainger Announces Largest Product Expansion in Company History
New catalog launches today with 183,000 products CHICAGO, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading distributor of facilities maintenance supplies, today announced the release of its 2008 catalog featuring more than 183,000 facilities maintenance products. The new catalog includes an increase of 44,000 items over last year's offering. "Our customers count on us to be the one-stop shop for all their facilities maintenance supplies and we bolstered our offering this year in several key categories including power transmission, raw material, and fleet maintenance products to help ensure that when they have a need, we are ready... 
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01/30/08Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. have declared a cash dividend of 35 cents per share payable on March 1, 2008, to shareholders of record on February 11, 2008. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2007 sales of $6.4 billion, is the leading broad-line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions in Canada, China, Mexico and the United States. Through a highly integrated network including more than 600 branches, 18 distribution centers and multiple Web sites, Grainger's employees help customers get the job done. CONTACT: William D. Chapman Director, Investor Relations +1... 
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01/25/08Grainger Reports Record Sales of $6.4 Billion and Earnings Per Share of $4.94 for the Year Ended December 31, 2007
Reiterates 2008 EPS guidance of $5.65 to $6.00 2007 Highlights Sales were $6.4 billion, up 9 percent EPS were $4.94, up 17 percent Operating cash flow was $470 million 7.1 million shares were repurchased Pretax ROIC* was 28.5 percent versus 26.4 percent in 2006 To access a Podcast describing Grainger's performance in more detail, visit http://www.grainger.com/investor CHICAGO, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported record sales, net earnings and earnings per share for the year ended December 31, 2007. Sales of $6.4 billion were up 9 percent versus 2006 and up 9 percent on a daily ... 
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12/12/07Grainger Reports November 2007 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of November 2007. Sales grew 10 percent versus November 2006 including a 2 percentage point benefit from foreign currency. Selling days for the month (21) were the same in both years. The 2007 fourth quarter will have 64 days versus 63 days in the 2006 fourth quarter. November Sales by Segment 2007 v. 2006 Grainger Branch-based +9 % Acklands - Grainger +21 % Lab Safety Supply +5 % To access a rec... 
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11/14/07Grainger Provides Outlook at Analyst Meeting
Reiterates 2007 EPS Guidance of $4.85 to $4.95 Issues 2008 EPS Guidance of $5.65 to $6.00 CHICAGO, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions throughout North America, held its annual analyst meeting in Lake Forest, Illinois, today. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Richard L. Keyser, hosted the event along with President and Chief Operating Officer, James T. Ryan and Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, P. Ogden Loux. The event also included presentations from the leaders of four Grainger business ... 
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11/12/07Grainger to Webcast November 14th Analyst Meeting
CHICAGO, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions, will host its annual analyst meeting on Wednesday, November 14th, 2007, in Lake Forest, Illinois. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Richard L. Keyser, will host the event along with President and Chief Operating Officer, James T. Ryan and Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, P. Ogden Loux. The meeting will also include presentations from the following business unit leaders: * Y.C. Chen, President, U.S. Branch-based Business * Court Carruthers, President, Acklands-Grainger ... 
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10/31/07Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. at their meeting today declared a cash dividend of 35 cents per share payable on December 1, 2007, to shareholders of record on November 12, 2007. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2006 sales of $5.9 billion, is the leading broad-line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions in Canada, China, Mexico and the United States. Through a highly integrated network including more than 600 branches, 18 distribution centers and multiple Web sites, Grainger's employees help customers get the job done, saving them time and money by having the right product... 
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10/15/07Grainger Reports Record EPS of $1.29 for 2007 Third Quarter
Company Raises 2007 EPS Guidance to a Range of $4.85 to $4.95 Highlights Sales of $1.7 billion grew 9 percent Operating earnings increased 15 percent to $174 million Generated $157 million in operating cash flow for the quarter Year-to-date pretax ROIC* of 28.9 percent versus 26.1 percent in 2006 CHICAGO, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported record sales, net earnings and earnings per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2007. Sales were up 9 percent versus third quarter 2006, operating earnings grew 15 percent and net earnings increased 4 percent. Earnings per share grew 11 percent compared wit... 
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09/14/07Grainger Reports August 2007 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of August 2007. Daily sales grew 9 percent versus August 2006. Selling days for the month (23) and quarter (64) were the same; 2007 has one more selling day than 2006 (255 versus 254). August Daily Sales by Segment 2007 v. 2006 Grainger Branch-based +9 % Acklands -- Grainger +14 % Lab Safety Supply +7 % Daily sales at Grainger's Branch-based segment... 
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08/20/07Grainger Executes $500 Million Accelerated Share Repurchase Program
Board increases share repurchase authorization to 10 million shares CHICAGO, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading industrial distributor in North America, today announced that it has entered into an accelerated share repurchase (ASR) agreement with Goldman, Sachs & Co. to purchase $500 million of its outstanding common stock, with the majority of the shares received immediately. The exact number of shares bought back will be determined at the conclusion of the agreement, which could take up to eight months to complete. Grainger does not expect to make any additional share repurchases until the program concludes. The company anticipates funding a... 
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08/13/07Grainger Reports July 2007 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Aug 13, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales for the month of July 2007. Daily sales for the month of July grew 7 percent versus July 2006. Sales growth was partially offset by a decline in sales of seasonal products due to the mild temperatures in many parts of the United States. Sales growth was also partially offset by the continued disengagements of low margin integrated-supply contracts, which had a 1 percentage point negative effect. To access the Grainger sales update and recorded message, which features additional information, visit http://www.grainger.com/investor. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NY... 
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07/25/07Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, July 25, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. at their meeting today declared a cash dividend of 35 cents per share payable on September 1, 2007, to shareholders of record on August 13, 2007. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2006 sales of $5.9 billion, is a leading broad-line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions in Canada, China, Mexico and the United States. Through a highly integrated network including nearly 600 branches, 18 distribution centers and multiple Web sites, Grainger's employees help customers get the job done, saving them time and money by having th... 
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07/16/07Grainger Reports Earnings Per Share of $1.21 for 2007 Second Quarter
Company raises annual EPS guidance to a range of $4.75 to $4.90 as a result of quarterly performance Highlights Sales for the second quarter grew 8 percent EPS for the quarter were up 19 percent Generated $98 million in operating cash flow for the quarter Year-to-date pretax ROIC* of 28.6 percent versus 25.4 percent in 2006 CHICAGO, July 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported record sales of $1.6 billion, net earnings of $105 million and earnings per share of $1.21 for the quarter ended June 30, 2007. Sales were up 8 percent versus second quarter 2006 and net earnings increased 12 perc... 
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06/19/07Grainger President & COO James T. Ryan Speaks at William Blair Growth Stock Conference
CHICAGO, June 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger President & Chief Operating Officer James T. Ryan today addressed a group of analysts attending the William Blair & Company 27th Annual Growth Stock Conference in Chicago. The audio webcast of the event will be available, along with the presentation slides, on the Speeches and Presentations section of Grainger's Investor Relations Web site, http://www.grainger.com/investor. Ryan described the trends in the facilities maintenance industry as businesses and institutions are reducing the cost of procuring the tools, safety equipment, lighting and other products they use to keep their facilities running by relying on fewer supp... 
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06/18/07Grainger to Present at William Blair Growth Stock Conference
CHICAGO, June 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger President and Chief Operating Officer James T. Ryan will be presenting Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at the William Blair & Company 27th Annual Growth Stock Conference in Chicago, Ill. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 9:50 a.m. CDT, will be available for 30 days along with the presentation slides on the Speeches and Presentations section of Grainger's Investor Relations Web site, http://www.grainger.com/investor. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2006 sales of $5.9 billion, is a leading broad-line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions in Canada, China, Mexico and the Unite... 
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06/12/07Grainger Chairman and CEO, Richard Keyser, Receives Marco Polo Award in Beijing
BEIJING--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 12, 2007--Richard L. Keyser, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of W.W. Grainger, Inc., the leading North American provider of facility maintenance products, received the prestigious Marco Polo Award today during a banquet held at the Diaoyutai State Guest House. The award is presented in recognition of the company's contribution to supporting foreign expert volunteers in China. The General Director of China's State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) presented the Marco Polo Award to Keyser on behalf of SAFEA, the China Association for International Exchange of Personnel and the US-China Foundation for International Exchange... 
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06/12/07Grainger Reports May 2007 Sales Results
CHICAGO, June 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales for the month of May 2007. Daily sales for the month of May grew 8 percent versus May 2006. Sales growth was partially offset by a decline in sales under certain low margin contracts with integrated supply customers, which had a 1 percentage point negative effect. To access the Grainger sales update and recorded message, which features additional information, visit http://www.grainger.com/investor. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2006 sales of $5.9 billion, is a leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions in ... 
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06/12/07Grainger Donates $50,000 to Help Small Businesses in Bound Brook, NJ Rebuild After April Nor’easter
Bound Brook, NJ (June 12, 2007) – Small business owners in Bound Brook, N.J., are struggling to recover from the April nor'easter that caused millions of dollars in damages across the region. Many are still paying off loans taken out after Hurricane Floyd caused massive destruction in the area in 1999. Recognizing the need to help local small businesses get back on their feet, one local company is lending a helpful hand. Grainger, (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading business-to-business distributor of facilities maintenance supplies, today donated $50,000 to the Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) to help small businesses in Bound Brook, N.J. and the surrounding areas rebuild. ... 
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06/01/07Lab Safety Supply Acquires McFeely's Square Drive Screws
CHICAGO, June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger, a leading North American industrial distributor, today announced its Lab Safety Supply (LSS) subsidiary has acquired substantially all of the assets of McFeely's Square Drive Screws of Lynchburg, Virginia. McFeely's is a business-to-business direct marketer of specialty fasteners, hardware and tools for the professional woodworking industry. Grainger expects the acquisition to be accretive within a year. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. "Acquisitions are an efficient way for LSS to expand its served market, increase revenue and diversify the customer base," said Grainger's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ri... 
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05/23/07Grainger President and Chief Operating Officer Addresses Electrical Products Group
Reaffirms EPS Guidance for 2007 of $4.70 to $4.85 CHICAGO, May 23, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Grainger President and Chief Operating Officer James T. Ryan today addressed some 135 analysts attending the annual meeting of the Electrical Products Group of New York. A copy of his presentation can be found along with a link to the audio webcast of his remarks on the Speeches and Presentations section of Grainger's Investor Relations Web site, http://www.grainger.com/investor. Ryan described the trends in the facilities maintenance industry as businesses and institutions are reducing the cost of procuring the tools, safety equipment, lighting and other prod... 
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05/22/07Grainger to Present at 2007 EPG Spring Conference
CHICAGO, May 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger President and Chief Operating Officer James T. Ryan will be presenting Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at the Electrical Products Group of New York's annual spring conference in Longboat Key, Fla. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 9:00 a.m. EDT, will be available for 30 days along with the slides of the presentation on the Speeches and Presentations section of Grainger's Investor Relations Web site, http://www.grainger.com/investor. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2006 sales of $5.9 billion, is a leading broad-line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions in Canada, China, Mex... 
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05/17/07American Red Cross Honors W. W. Grainger, Inc. at Heritage of Service Dinner
A Celebration of Inspiration and Hope WASHINGTON, D.C., May 17, 2007 – The American Red Cross honored W. W. Grainger, Inc. with its prestigious Henry P. Davison Award at its inaugural Heritage of Service Dinner May 16, 2007, at the American Red Cross Hall of Service. The Heritage of Service Dinner recognizes the outstanding dedication and commitment from individuals and corporations who enable the organization to achieve its mission each year. Grainger's impressive Ready When the Time Comes program exemplifies the community service excellence that marked Henry Davison's tenure as chairman of the War Council that led the Red Cross through World War I and chairman of what is now the Int... 
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05/11/07Grainger Reports April 2007 Sales Results
CHICAGO, May 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales for the month of April 2007. Daily sales for the month of April grew 7 percent versus April 2006. Sales growth was partially offset by a decline in sales under certain low margin contracts with integrated supply customers, which had a 1 percentage point negative effect. To access the Grainger sales update and recorded message, as well as today's Merrill Lynch Global Industrials Conference audio webcast and presentation, visit http://www.grainger.com/investor. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2006 sales of $5.9 billion, is a leading broad line supplier of facilities ma... 
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05/10/07Grainger to Present at Merrill Lynch Conference
CHICAGO, May 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Kevin Peters, Grainger's Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Management, will be presenting at the Merrill Lynch 9th Annual Global Industrials Conference in London on Friday, May 11, 2007. Peters will speak about the company's most recent results, provide an update on market and product line expansion, and discuss the continuous improvement programs that are being implemented in Grainger's supply chain. The presentation will be webcast live beginning at approximately 2:40 a.m. CDT and, together with the slides of the presentation, may be accessed on the "Speeches & Presentations" section of Grainger's Investor Relations Web site at ... 
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04/25/07Grainger Shareholders Elect Directors; Other shareholder meeting highlights
CHICAGO, April 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- At the 40th Annual Meeting of W.W. Grainger, Inc., the company's shareholders elected thirteen directors to the board. The directors for 2007-2008 are: Brian P. Anderson Retired Chief Financial Officer OfficeMax Incorporated and Baxter International, Inc. Wilbur H. Gantz Executive Chairman Ovation Pharmaceuticals, Inc. V. Ann Hailey Executive Vice President Limited Brands, Inc. William K. Hall Co-founder and Chairman Procyon Technologies, Inc. Richard L. Keyser Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer W.W.... 
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04/25/07Grainger Increases Quarterly Dividend by 21 Percent to 35 Cents Per Share
CHICAGO, April 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. at their meeting today declared a cash dividend of 35 cents per share payable June 1, 2007, to shareholders of record May 14, 2007. This represents an increase of 21 percent from the prior quarterly rate of 29 cents per share. Grainger has increased dividends for 36 consecutive years, putting the company among only 19 companies in the S&P 500 with such a record. For the past eleven years, Grainger has been recognized as a Dividend Aristocrat by Standard & Poor's. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2006 sales of $5.9 billion, is a leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance pr... 
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04/16/07Grainger Reports Earnings Per Share of $1.17 for the 2007 First Quarter
Company adjusts 2007 EPS forecast to reflect strong first quarter Highlights Sales up 9 percent Net earnings up 18 percent EPS up 26 percent Repurchased 1.2 million shares Generated pretax ROIC of 28.8 percent* Visit http://www.grainger.com/investor to access a Podcast describing Grainger's performance in more detail. CHICAGO, April 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported record first quarter sales and earnings for the quarter ended March 31, 2007. Sales of $1.5 billion were up 9 percent versus first quarter 2006. Net earnings for the quarter increased 18 percent to $102 million as compared to ... 
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03/12/07Grainger Reports February 2007 Sales Results
CHICAGO, March 12, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales for the month of February 2007. Daily sales for the month of February grew 10 percent versus February 2006. Sales benefited by some 2 percentage points due to strong growth in the sales of seasonal products related to the cold weather in many parts of North America. This growth was partially offset by a decline in sales to low margin contracts with integrated supply and automotive customers, which had a 1 percentage point negative effect. To access the Grainger Update and a recorded message, which include additional information, visit http://www.grainger.com/investo... 
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02/21/07Grainger's Board Slates Thirteen Nominees For 2007-2008
James T. Ryan to join the board, David W. Grainger not to stand for reelection CHICAGO, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger's (NYSE: GWW) board of directors today appointed James T. Ryan to the board of directors. He will stand for election as a director at the company's annual meeting on April 25, 2007. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Keyser said, "Jim's addition to the board is part of the company's succession plans. We are delighted to have him participate in the decisions we need to make as we aggressively grow the business." David W. Grainger has decided not to stand for reelection at the company's annual meeting. Keyser said, "David ... 
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02/21/07Grainger Board of Directors Sets Succession Direction
James T. Ryan adds Chief Operating Officer responsibilities; Y.C. Chen promoted to President of U.S. branch-based business CHICAGO, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger's (NYSE: GWW) board of directors meeting today expanded President James T. Ryan's responsibilities and promoted Y.C. Chen to President of the U.S. branch-based business. In addition to becoming Chief Operating Officer, Ryan joins Grainger's board of directors. Both moves are effective immediately. "Today's decision recognizes the contribution of two strong leaders," said Grainger Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Keyser. "I have worked closely with both men for more ... 
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02/12/07Grainger Reports January 2007 Monthly Sales Results
CHICAGO, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales for the month of January 2007. Daily sales for the month of January grew 8 percent versus January 2006. Sales benefited by some 2 percentage points due to strong growth in the sales of seasonal products related to the cold weather in many parts of North America. This growth was partially offset by a decline in sales to low margin contracts with integrated supply and automotive customers, which had a 1 percentage point negative effect. To access the Grainger Update and a recorded message, which includes additional information, visit http://www.grainger.com/investor . About Grainger W... 
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02/07/07Grainger Corrects EPS Due to Incorrect Share Count
Reported Earnings Unchanged CHICAGO, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today announced it had used an incorrect number of average shares outstanding in calculating earnings per share in conjunction with its fourth quarter and year-end earnings release. Net earnings for the quarter of $99 million and year of $383 million are not affected. Earnings per share, however, were overstated by one cent for both the quarter and the year. For the quarter, the correct earnings per share are $1.13, and for the full year ending December 31, 2006, the correct earnings per share are $4.24. The growth rate of 12 percent versus 2005 EPS is unchan... 
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02/01/07Grainger Announces Additional Product Expansion
New Catalog Launches Today With 20 Percent More Products CHICAGO, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading distributor of facilities maintenance supplies, today announced the release of its enhanced 2007 product catalog featuring more than 138,000 facilities maintenance products, an increase of 23,000 items over last year's record offering. "Our customers count on us to be a one-stop shop for a broad selection of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies so they can efficiently manage their facilities," said Kevin Peters, Grainger's senior vice president of supply chain management. "We bolstered our offering in several... 
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01/31/07Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. have declared a cash dividend of 29 cents per share payable on March 1, 2007, to shareholders of record on February 12, 2007. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2006 sales of $5.9 billion, is a leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions in Canada, China, Mexico and the United States. Through a highly integrated network including nearly 600 branches, 17 distribution centers and multiple Web sites, Grainger's employees help customers get the job done, saving them time and money by having the right products to keep their facilities running. ... 
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01/26/07Grainger Reports Record Sales of $5.9 Billion and Earnings Per Share of $4.25 for the Year Ended December 31, 2006
Highlights Sales for the fourth quarter grew 5 percent EPS for the quarter were $1.14, including a $0.06 tax benefit Generated $442 million in operating cash flow in 2006 Repurchased 7 million shares during the year Generated pretax ROIC* of 26.4 percent versus 25.5 percent in 2005 To access a Podcast describing Grainger's performance in more detail, visit http://www.grainger.com/investor CHICAGO, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported record sales, earnings and earnings per share for the year ended December 31, 2006. Sales of $5.9 billion for 2006 were up 6 percent versus 2005, or 7 percent on a... 
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12/20/06GRAINGER AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO THREE TECHNICAL EDUCATION STUDENTS
Company partners with American Association of Community Colleges to complete first year of national Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program CHICAGO (Dec. 20, 2006) – Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading distributor of facilities maintenance supplies, recently awarded three remaining 2006 scholarships to technical education students in Illinois, Ohio and Maryland, completing the first year of the company's Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program. The program provides funding for students at select community colleges to finish their second year in a technical career program. “As we conclude our inaugural year of the Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program, we are proud to support the... 
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11/15/06Lab Safety Supply to Acquire Professional Inspection Equipment and Construction Book Express
CHICAGO, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), a leading North American industrial distributor, today announced its Lab Safety Supply (LSS) subsidiary has signed a definitive agreement to acquire in a single transaction substantially all of the assets of Professional Inspection Equipment, Inc. and Construction Book Express, Inc., both of Hauppauge, New York. Professional Inspection Equipment and Construction Book Express are business-to-business direct marketers of tools, instruments, and reference materials to the $2.5 billion building and home inspection market. Grainger expects the acquisition to close, subject to standard conditions, within the next week ... 
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11/15/06Grainger Provides Outlook for 2007
Issues 2007 EPS guidance of $4.60 to $4.85 CHICAGO, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), a leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions, conducted its annual analyst meeting in Lake Forest, Illinois, today. Presenters included Richard L. Keyser, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, James T. Ryan, President, Kevin Peters, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Management, and P. Ogden Loux, Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer. As part of the meeting, Grainger reiterated its 2006 earnings per share guidance of $4.10 to $4.25 and provided guidance for 2007. The comp... 
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11/15/06Grainger to Webcast Analyst Meeting Presentation
CHICAGO, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), a leading North American industrial distributor, will today host their analyst meeting in Lake Forest, Illinois. Presenters include Richard L. Keyser, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, James T. Ryan, President, Kevin Peters, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Management, and P. Ogden Loux, Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer. The presentation will be webcast live beginning at 12:15 p.m. CST and may be accessed on Grainger's Investor Relations Web site at http://www.grainger.com/investor . W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2005 sales of $5.5 billion, is a leading broad line supp... 
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10/25/06Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. at their meeting today declared a cash dividend of 29 cents per share payable on December 1, 2006, to shareholders of record on November 13, 2006. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2005 sales of $5.5 billion, is a leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions in Canada, China, Mexico and the United States. Through a highly integrated network including nearly 600 branches, 17 distribution centers and multiple Web sites, Grainger's employees help customers get the job done, saving them time and money by having the right products t... 
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10/18/06Grainger Names Carruthers President of Acklands - Grainger
CHICAGO, Oct. 18 /CNW/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW - News), a leading North American industrial distributor, today announced that Court Carruthers, 34, has been named President of its Canadian subsidiary, Acklands - Grainger Inc. Carruthers' new responsibilities include growing and improving Grainger's business operations in Canada, which had sales of $428 million USD for the nine months ended September 30, 2006. "We have a tremendous opportunity to improve our branch network and supply chain network so that we enhance service to customers across the provinces," said Y.C. Chen, Grainger's Group President in charge of Mexico and Canada. "I look forward to working with Court and his management t... 
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10/16/06Grainger Board Authorizes New Share Repurchase Program
CHICAGO, Oct 16, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today announced that its board of directors has authorized the repurchase of up to an additional 10 million shares of the company's outstanding common stock. Since 1984, Grainger has returned more than $1.7 billion to shareholders by repurchasing more than 47 million shares of stock on a split-adjusted basis, reducing the number of shares outstanding by more than 25 percent. Repurchases under the new program are expected to be made from time to time in open market and/or privately negotiated transactions. The repurchased shares will be available for general corporate purposes. The company pre... 
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10/16/06Grainger Reports 2006 Third Quarter Results
Daily sales rose 8 percent There was one less sales day in the quarter Operating earnings grew 11 percent Settlement of the 2004 tax audit added $0.09 to EPS EPS of $1.16 were up 20 percent, 10 percent without the tax-related item 2.6 million shares repurchased during the quarter Pretax ROIC* of 26.5 percent versus 24.9 percent last year 2006 EPS guidance raised to $4.10 to $4.25 including the tax benefit To access a prerecorded message describing these results in more detail, visit: http://www.grainger.com/investor CHICAGO, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales ... 
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09/25/06Grainger Opens its First Master Branch in China
Grainger Brings First-Class Service to Businesses in China (September 25, 2006, Shanghai): Grainger, the leading North American provider of facility maintenance products, today announced the opening of its first facility in China. The Master Branch, located in the Shanghai suburb of Minhang, will initially stock approximately 20,000 products businesses and institutions need to keep their facilities running. Guaranteed availability of products in multiple categories will make it easy and convenient for customers to get the right solution when they need it. Grainger has also recently published a Chinese language catalogue featuring all the products carried in the Master Branch and ha... 
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07/26/06Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, July 26, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. at their meeting today declared a cash dividend of 29 cents per share payable on September 1, 2006, to shareholders of record on August 14, 2006. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2005 sales of $5.5 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions throughout North America. Through a highly integrated network including nearly 600 branches, 18 distribution centers and multiple Web sites, Grainger's employees help customers get the job done, saving them time and money by having the right products ... 
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07/17/06Grainger Clarifies 2006 Second Quarter Earnings Release
CHICAGO, July 17, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Grainger's (NYSE: GWW) news release issued earlier today regarding its 2006 second quarter results contained an item in its Consolidated Statements of Earnings (Unaudited) for the three months ended June 30, 2006 that was reported as expense rather than income. Specifically, $293,000 under "Unclassified-net" in "Other income and (expense)" should have been reported as income. The correction does not affect any of the other numbers in the Consolidated Statements of Earnings (Unaudited) or any of the other contents of the earlier earnings release. A corrected copy of the Consolidated Statements of Earnings (Una... 
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07/17/06Grainger Reports 2006 Second Quarter EPS of $1.02
CHICAGO, July 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported an 8 percent increase in sales for the second quarter ended June 30, 2006. Sales were $1.5 billion versus $1.4 billion in the 2005 second quarter. Net earnings were up 15 percent to $94 million. Earnings per share were $1.02 versus $0.89, up 15 percent. "This quarter continued our strong earnings performance and we remain on track to achieve our projected earnings per share of $4.00 to $4.15 for 2006. Based on some softening in certain segments of the North American economies, we now expect this year's sales to grow by 7 to 9 percent," said Grainger's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard L... 
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07/12/06Grainger Donates $1 Million for Launch of Premier Corporate Volunteer Training Program
Grainger Donates $1 Million for Launch of Premier Corporate Volunteer Training Program (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/pub/s?f=PRN/prnpub&p1=20060712/DCW008&xtag=PRN-prnphotos-55273&redir=print&tr=1&row=1&TAG_ID=prnphotos055273) Washington, DC July 12, 2006---The American Red Cross and Grainger, (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading distributor of facilities maintenance supplies, have teamed up to recruit and train corporate employees as disaster volunteers to help support the 70,000 disasters that the Red Cross responds to each year. Grainger is the national founding sponsor of the program, Ready When the Time Comes, which will roll out in 16 Red Cross chapters over the ... 
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06/28/06Grainger President James T. Ryan Speaks at William Blair Growth Stock Conference
Reaffirms EPS Guidance for 2006 of $4.00 - $4.15CHICAGO, June 28, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Grainger President James T. Ryan today addressed a group of analysts attending the William Blair & Company 26th Annual Growth Stock Conference in Chicago. A webcast of his presentation can be found on Grainger's Web site at http://www.grainger.com/investor . (Photo and Bio: http://media.corporate-ir.net/media_files/irol/76/76754/James_Ryan.htm) Ryan explained how Grainger's unique approach and scale advantages provided by its extensive customer coverage, broad product line, efficient logistics network, integrated information systems and experienced people posi... 
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06/27/06Grainger to Webcast Presentation at William Blair Conference
CHICAGO, June 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger President James T. Ryan will be presenting Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at the William Blair & Company 26th Annual Growth Stock Conference in Chicago, Ill. The presentation will be webcast live beginning at 10:30 a.m. CDT and may be accessed on Grainger's Web site at http://www.grainger.com/investor . W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2005 sales of $5.5 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions throughout North America. Through a highly integrated network including nearly 600 branches, 18 distribution centers and multiple Web sites, Grainger's employee... 
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06/01/06Tri-State Contractors Battle for Crown
Photo of today's 'King of the Contractors' contest now available for media use FLORENCE, Ky., June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Tri-State area contractors battled for the title "King of the Contactors" today at an event hosted by Grainger at its Florence, Ky. location. Contractors raced through an industrial obstacle course designed to test their speed and precision in a variety of tasks, including installing lighting, cutting pipe and hammering nails. Local electrical contractor Matt Averbeck was crowned "King of the Contractors" and received the grand prize, a Grainger shopping spree. A photo of the event and caption are now available for use by the media at: http://www.ne... 
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05/24/06Grainger President James T. Ryan Addresses Electrical Products Group
Reaffirms EPS Guidance for 2006 of $4.00 to $4.15 CHICAGO, May 24, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Grainger President James T. Ryan today addressed a group of over 115 analysts attending the annual meeting of the Electrical Products Group of New York. A copy of his presentation can be found along with a link to the webcast of his remarks on the Investor Relations section of Grainger's Web site, http://www.grainger.com . Ryan described the trends in the facilities maintenance industry as businesses and institutions try to reduce the cost of procuring the tools, safety equipment, lighting and other products they use to keep their facilities running by reduc... 
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05/23/06Grainger to Present at 2006 EPG Spring Conference
CHICAGO, May 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger President James T. Ryan will be presenting Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at the Electrical Products Group of New York's annual spring conference in Longboat Key, Fla. The webcast of the event, scheduled for 9:00 a.m. EDT, will be available along with the slides of the presentation on the Investor Relations section of the Grainger Web site at http://www.grainger.com . W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2005 sales of $5.5 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions throughout North America. Through a highly integrated network including nearly 600 branches, 1... 
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05/08/06Grainger to Present at Merrill Lynch Conference
CHICAGO, May 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger's Vice President, Product Management, Michael Pulick, will be presenting Tuesday at the Merrill Lynch 8th Annual Global Industrials Conference in London, England on May 9, 2006. The presentation will be web cast live beginning at approximately 3:50 a.m. CDT and, together with the slides of the presentation, may be accessed on the "Speeches & Presentations" section of Grainger's Investor Relations Web site at http://www.grainger.com/investor through Tuesday, May 23, 2006. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2005 sales of $5.5 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving busine... 
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04/27/06Grainger Promotes Ryan to President
CHICAGO, April 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger, the leading industrial distributor in North America, today announced that James T. Ryan, 47, has become President of Grainger. Ryan joined Grainger in 1980 in the company's product management area. He has held many executive positions in the company including the President of the parts business, Chief Information Officer, President of the company's Internet business, and most recently Group President for the U.S. branch-based business. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Miami University of Ohio and an MBA with distinction from DePaul University in Chicago. "Jim's 25 years with Grainger in a vari... 
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04/26/06Grainger Shareholders Elect Directors; Other Shareholder Meeting Highlights
CHICAGO, April 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- At the 39th Annual Meeting of W.W. Grainger, Inc., the company's shareholders elected thirteen directors to the board. Standing for election for the first time were V. Ann Hailey, Executive Vice President of Limited Brands, Inc., Stuart L. Levenick, Group President of Caterpillar Inc. and Michael J. Roberts, President and Chief Operating Officer of McDonald's Corporation. The directors for 2006-2007 are: Brian P. Anderson Richard L. Keyser Gary L. Rogers Retired Chief Financial Chairman of the Board Former Vice Chairman Officer and General Electric... 
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04/26/06Grainger Increases Quarterly Dividend to 29 Cents Per Share
CHICAGO, April 26, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- The directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. at their meeting today declared a cash dividend of 29 cents per share payable June 1, 2006, to shareholders of record May 8, 2006. This represents an increase of 21 percent from the prior quarterly rate of 24 cents per share. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2005 sales of $5.5 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions throughout North America. Through a highly integrated network including nearly 600 branches, 18 distribution centers and multiple Web sites, Grainger's employees help customers ge... 
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04/17/06Grainger Reports EPS of 93 Cents for 2006 First Quarter
CHICAGO, April 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported an 18 percent increase in earnings per share for the first quarter ended March 31, 2006. Earnings per share were 93 cents versus 79 cents in the 2005 quarter, setting a first quarter record for the company. Sales were $1.4 billion, up 6 percent over the prior year's first quarter. Net earnings for the quarter increased 18 percent to $86.2 million, as compared to $72.8 million in the 2005 first quarter. Beginning with the 2006 first quarter, earnings reflect the adoption of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123 (revised 2004) "Share- Based Payment" for the accounting of employee st... 
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03/21/06Grainger Announces Largest Product Expansion in Its Company History at National Manufacturing Week
CHICAGO, March 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GRAINGER (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading distributor of facilities maintenance supplies, today announced it is adding over 39,000 products to its new 2006 catalog launching April 3, 2006. The expansion brings the number of products offered through its catalog from 82,000 to more than 115,000. The expanded offering consists of some 30,000 different fasteners such as screws, bolts and nuts and an additional 10,000 products spread across diverse product categories including electrical, cleaning, material handling, plumbing and ventilation. To celebrate the announcement the company commissioned a large fastener sculpture by well-kn... 
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02/22/06Grainger Adds New Member to Board of Directors
CHICAGO, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger's Board of Directors has appointed Michael J. Roberts to the board, bringing the total number of members to 12. The appointment is effective February 21, 2006. Mr. Roberts, 55, is President and Chief Operating Officer of McDonald's Corporation, the leading global foodservice retailer. He joined the company in 1977. Mr. Roberts oversees more than 31,000 restaurants worldwide. Mr. Roberts graduated from Loyola University in Chicago with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology. He also completed The CEO Perspective Program at the Kellogg School of Management and Corporate Leadership Center at Northwestern University... 
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01/31/06Lab Safety Supply to Acquire Rand Materials Handling Equipment Co.
Jan 31, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Grainger, North America's leading supplier of facilities maintenance products, today announced that its Lab Safety Supply (LSS) subsidiary has signed a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all the assets of Rand Materials Handling Equipment Co. Rand is a national catalog distributor of warehouse, storage and packaging supplies, part of the $80 billion material handling market. Grainger expects the acquisition, which is subject to standard conditions, to close within the week. No other terms of the agreement were disclosed. Founded in 1972, Rand is located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and operates a successful c... 
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01/26/06Grainger Reports Sales of $5.5 Billion and Earnings Per Share of $3.78 for the Year 2005
CHICAGO, Jan 26, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported record sales, earnings and earnings per share for the year ended December 31, 2005. Sales of $5.5 billion for 2005 were up 9 percent versus 2004. Net earnings for the year increased 21 percent to $346 million, as compared to $287 million in 2004. Earnings per share grew 21 percent to $3.78 for the year. Both 2005 and 2004 benefited from the resolution of certain nonrecurring tax contingencies of $0.10 and $0.11 per share, respectively. "I'm proud of our accomplishments. We posted record results while executing on key initiatives, market and product line expansion progra... 
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01/25/06Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The directors of Grainger have declared a quarterly dividend of 24 cents per share payable March 1, 2006, to shareholders of record February 13, 2006. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2004 sales of $5 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions throughout North America. Through a network of nearly 600 branches, 18 distribution centers and multiple Web sites, Grainger helps customers save time and money by providing them with the right products to keep their facilities running. SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc. -0- 01/25/200... 
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11/16/05Grainger Provides 2006 Outlook
Raises long-term operating margin goal CHICAGO, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading North American industrial supplier of products to maintain, repair and operate facilities, conducted its annual analyst meeting in Houston, Texas today. Grainger Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Keyser presented a strategic outlook, James T. Ryan, Group President, described several key growth programs and P. Ogden Loux, Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, provided guidance for 2006. "Our growth strategies are playing out well and are delivering improved performance," said Keyser. He announced that t... 
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10/26/05Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Oct 26, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. at their meeting today declared a cash dividend of 24 cents per share payable on December 1, 2005, to shareholders of record on November 14, 2005. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2004 sales of $5 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions throughout North America. Through a network of nearly 600 branches, 18 distribution centers and multiple Web sites, Grainger helps customers save time and money by providing them with the right products to keep their facilities running. SOURCE W.W. Gr... 
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10/26/05Grainger Adds Board Member to Board of Directors
CHICAGO, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger's Board of Directors has appointed Stuart L. Levenick to the board, bringing the total number of members to 11. The appointment is effective October 25, 2005. Levenick, 52, is a group president of Caterpillar Inc., the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines. He joined the company in 1977. Levenick leads the company's Asia Pacific marketing and operations divisions, global purchasing, the human services division and Solar Turbines, Incorporated. Mr. Levenick graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor of science de... 
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10/17/05Grainger Reports Record 2005 Third Quarter
Raises EPS Guidance Range for Year CHICAGO, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales of $1.4 billion, up 10 percent versus the prior year's third quarter. Earnings per share increased to 97 cents versus 74 cents in the 2004 third quarter, up 31 percent. Net earnings were up 30 percent to $88.1 million. "This record performance is the result of our employees' commitment to customer service, helping drive positive sales and earnings growth," said Grainger Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Keyser. "As a result of our performance and outlook, we're raising our 2005 earnings per share estimate from $3.40... 
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09/12/05Grainger Leadership Provides Update on Market Expansion Program
Reaffirms EPS guidance for 2005 of $3.40 - $3.60 LOS ANGELES, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading North American industrial supplier of products to maintain, repair and operate facilities, today hosted a group of 30 financial analysts in Los Angeles, Calif. Grainger Group President James T. Ryan presented a strategic outlook of the company's U.S. operations. Laura D. Brown, Vice President of Marketing, updated the financial community on the market expansion program, a key growth initiative, and Kevin Peters, Vice President of Supply Chain Operations, provided an overview of Grainger's logistics network and a tour of the distribution center in... 
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08/31/05Grainger Assists Gulf Region in Recovery Efforts
Industrial Distributor Donates Over $1 Million of Supplies and Cash to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund CHICAGO, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading distributor of facilities maintenance supplies, has pledged more than $1 million in cash and emergency supplies such as tarps, gloves, flashlights and batteries to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to help communities and businesses recover following the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. The company also is encouraging its employees to contribute to the recovery efforts by providing a four-to-one match of employee gifts to the Red Cross Disaster Relief ... 
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07/27/05Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, July 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. at their meeting today declared a cash dividend of 24 cents per share payable on September 1, 2005, to shareholders of record on August 8, 2005. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2004 sales of $5 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions throughout North America. Through its network of nearly 600 branches, 18 distribution centers and multiple Web sites, Grainger helps customers save time and money by providing them with the right products to keep their facilities running. SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc. -0-... 
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07/20/05Grainger Celebrates 10 Years of Serving Customers Through Its Web Site
Internet Channel Empowers Customers to Save Time and Money CHICAGO, July 20, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading distributor of facilities maintenance supplies, announces the 10-year anniversary of its Internet channel. Originally launched as an information repository, the Web site has grown to be an integral part of Grainger's multi-channel business model, offering customers such as facilities managers and contractors the ability to search, select and purchase over 250,000 products and repair parts. Since its inception in 1995, Grainger's Web site has had over 200 million unique visits resulting in 10 million transactions genera... 
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07/15/05Grainger Reports Record Second Quarter
Company Raises EPS Guidance for Year to $3.40 to $3.60 CHICAGO, July 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported a 24 percent increase in earnings per share for the second quarter ended June 30, 2005. Earnings per share of 89 cents versus 72 cents in the 2004 quarter set an all-time, second quarter high. Sales were $1.4 billion, up 9 percent over the prior year's second quarter. Net earnings were up 22 percent to $82 million. "Our performance in the second quarter reflects our disciplined customer- service approach. It also demonstrates the true earnings potential of this business," said Grainger's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard L. ... 
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06/22/05Grainger Group President James T. Ryan Speaks at William Blair Growth Stock Conference
Reaffirms EPS Guidance for 2005 of $3.20 - $3.45 CHICAGO, June 22, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Grainger Group President James T. Ryan today addressed a group of analysts attending the William Blair & Company 25th Annual Growth Stock Conference in Chicago. His presentation can be found along with a webcast of his remarks on the Investor Relations section of Grainger's Web site, http://www.grainger.com . Ryan explained how Grainger's unique approach and scale advantages provided by its broad product line, extensive customer coverage, new logistics network and information systems position it to capture market share in the fragmented, $100 billion U.S. MRO market.... 
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06/21/05Grainger to Webcast Presentation at William Blair Conference
CHICAGO, June 21, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Grainger Group President James T. Ryan will be presenting Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at the William Blair & Company 25th Annual Growth Stock Conference in Chicago, Ill. The presentation will be webcast live beginning at approximately 3:40 p.m. CDT and, together with the slides of the presentation, may be accessed on the Investor Relations section of the Grainger Web site at http://www.grainger.com through June 30, 2005. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2004 sales of $5 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions throughout North America. Thr... 
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05/23/05Grainger Recognizes Top-Performing Suppliers
Lake Forest (May 23, 2005) - Grainger (NYSE: GWW) presented its top-performing suppliers with its prestigious CFQ1 (Customer Focused Quality) Award for 2004 at its Partners In Performance Supplier Conference held recently in Lincolnshire, Ill. Grainger, the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses, contractors and institutions throughout North America, presents the award annually to a select group of suppliers for outstanding performance throughout the year. Grainger recognizes the important role its suppliers play in ensuring a broad high-quality product offering is available to meet the needs of its customers. "Grainger is proud to p... 
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05/18/05Grainger Group President James T. Ryan Addresses Electrical Products Group
Reaffirms EPS Guidance for 2005 of $3.20 - $3.45 LONGBOAT KEY, Fla., May 18, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Grainger Group President James T. Ryan today addressed a group of 80 analysts attending the annual meeting of the Electrical Products Group of New York. Copies of his presentation can be found along with a webcast of his remarks on the Investor Relations section of Grainger's Web site, http://www.grainger.com . Ryan described the trends in the facilities maintenance business as companies try to reduce the cost of procuring the tools, safety equipment, lighting and other products they use to keep their businesses running. He explained how Grainger's unique appr... 
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05/16/05Grainger to Present at 2005 EPG Spring Conference
CHICAGO, May 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger Group President James T. Ryan will be presenting Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at the Electrical Products Group of New York's annual spring conference in Longboat Key, Fla. The webcast of the event, scheduled for 9:00 a.m. EDT, will be available along with the slides of the presentation on the Investor Relations section of the Grainger Web site at http://www.grainger.com . W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2004 sales of $5 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions throughout North America. Through its network of nearly 600 branches, 17 distribution center... 
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04/27/05Grainger Shareholders Elect Directors; Other Shareholder Meeting Highlights
CHICAGO, April 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- At the 38th Annual Meeting of W.W. Grainger, Inc., the company's shareholders elected ten directors to the board. Standing for election for the first time were Gary L. Rogers, Former Vice Chairman, General Electric Company, and William K. Hall, Co-founder and Chairman, Procyon Technologies, Inc. The directors for 2005-2006 are: Brian P. Anderson William K. Hall Neil S. Novich Retired Chief Financial Co-founder and Chairman Chairman, President Officer Procyon Technologies, and Chief Executive OfficeMax International Inc. Officer and... 
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04/27/05Grainger Increases Quarterly Dividend to 24 Cents Per Share
CHICAGO, April 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. at their meeting today declared a cash dividend of 24 cents per share payable June 1, 2005, to shareholders of record May 9, 2005. This represents an increase of 20 percent from the prior quarterly rate of 20 cents per share. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2004 sales of $5 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions throughout North America. Through its network of nearly 600 branches, 17 distribution centers and multiple Web sites, Grainger helps customers save time and money by providing them with the right products ... 
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04/15/05Grainger Reports EPS of 79 Cents for 2005 First Quarter
CHICAGO, April 15, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported a 14 percent increase in earnings per share for the first quarter ended March 31, 2005. Earnings per share of 79 cents versus 69 cents in the 2004 quarter set a first quarter record. Sales were $1.3 billion, up 9 percent over the prior year's first quarter. Net earnings were up 16 percent to $72.8 million. Grainger's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Keyser said, "Overall in the first quarter we saw healthy sales growth in the government, manufacturing, transportation and commercial sectors, even though March sales showed some softness, particularly at the end of the... 
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03/21/05Two Grainger Executives Promoted
CHICAGO, March 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger today announced that Laura D. Brown has been promoted to Vice President, Marketing, and Debra S. Oler to Vice President, Marketing and Sales Effectiveness. Oler has also been temporarily given expanded responsibility for the sales organization. Brown, 41, had been Vice President for Market Planning. She joined Grainger in 2000 as a Vice President in the Internet Business group. Prior to Grainger, she worked for Baxter Healthcare and Alliant Foodservice. Oler, 50, joined Grainger in 2002 as Regional Sales Vice President for the North Central region. She became Vice President, Sales Operations in 2003. Oler was at Al... 
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03/07/05Grainger Appoints Ernst & Young LLP as Its New Independent Auditor
CHICAGO, March 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading distributor of facilities maintenance supplies, today announced that the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors has appointed Ernst & Young LLP as its new independent auditor, effective for calendar year 2005. Ernst & Young LLP replaces Grant Thornton LLP, which has served as the company's independent auditor since before the company went public in 1967. "We appreciate the hard work and professionalism of Grant Thornton over the years," said Brian P. Anderson, Chairman of the Audit Committee. "Coming to this decision has been a long and thoughtful process, which included a rev... 
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02/23/05Grainger's Board Slates Ten Members for 2005 - 2006
William K. Hall Is Candidate to Join Grainger's Board CHICAGO, Feb 23, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- At its regularly scheduled meeting, the board of directors of Grainger (NYSE: GWW) announced today that William K. Hall was selected as a candidate for the board to serve for the 2005 - 2006 period of time. Hall is the co-founder and Chairman of Procyon Technologies, Inc., a Chicago-based holding company, which focuses on the acquisition and growth of suppliers to the global aerospace and defense industry. From 1994 through 1999, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Falcon Building Products, Inc. Hall holds a bachelor's degree in engineering and master's/... 
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01/31/05Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Jan 31, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- The directors of Grainger have declared a quarterly dividend of 20 cents per share payable March 1, 2005, to shareholders of record February 7, 2005. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2004 sales of $5 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions throughout North America. Through its network of nearly 600 branches, 17 distribution centers and multiple Web sites, Grainger helps customers save time and money by providing them with the right products to keep their facilities running. SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc. William D. Chapman, Director, I... 
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01/27/05Grainger Reports Record EPS for 2004 Fourth Quarter and Year
Company Achieves Sales of $5 Billion CHICAGO, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported record sales, earnings and earnings per share for the year ended December 31, 2004. Sales of $5 billion for 2004 were up 8 percent versus 2003. Net earnings for the year were $287 million, up 26 percent as compared to $227 million in 2003. Earnings per share were $3.13 for the year, up 27 percent versus $2.46 in 2003. Sales in the 2004 fourth quarter were $1.3 billion, up 10 percent versus the prior year fourth quarter. The 2004 quarter had one less sales day than the 2003 quarter. Sales on a daily basis were up 11 percent. Net earnings of $90 millio... 
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01/10/05Lab Safety Supply to Buy AW Direct, Inc.
CHICAGO, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger, North America's leading supplier of facilities maintenance products, today announced its Lab Safety Supply subsidiary has signed a definitive agreement to acquire AW Direct, Inc., a leading direct marketer of products to the $3 billion service vehicle accessories market. AW Direct sells general towing and work truck equipment and accessories to customers in the auto service, utilities, government, and construction markets. Grainger expects the acquisition to close, subject to standard conditions, in the 2005 first quarter and be accretive within a year. No other terms of the agreement were disclosed. AW Direct will be ope... 
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12/15/04Grainger Details Growth Campaigns and Provides 2005 Outlook
Strong Performance Causes Company To Raise 2004 Guidance CHICAGO, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading North American industrial supplier of products to maintain, repair, and operate facilities, today hosted financial analysts at its branch in Norcross, Ga. Grainger Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Keyser presented a strategic outlook with James T. Ryan, Group President, updating the financial community on several key programs and P. Ogden Loux, Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, providing guidance for 2005. "In our business, service is the key," said Keyser. "I am excited by all that we have achieve... 
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10/27/04Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. at their meeting today declared a cash dividend of 20 cents per share payable December 1, 2004, to shareholders of record November 8, 2004. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2003 sales of $4.7 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions throughout North America. Through its network of nearly 600 branches, 17 distribution centers and multiple Web sites, Grainger helps customers save time and money by providing them with the right products to keep their facilities running. SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc. -0- ... 
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10/26/04Grainger Appoints Gary L. Rogers to the Board of Directors
CHICAGO, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger's Board of Directors today appointed Gary L. Rogers to the board, bringing the total number of members to 11. The appointment is effective October 26, 2004. Mr. Rogers was most recently Vice Chairman of General Electric Company from 2001 until his retirement in December of 2003. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of General Electric Company and President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Plastics from 1992 to 2001. From 1966 to 1992, Mr. Rogers held positions of increasing responsibility at General Electric Company including President and CEO, GE Electrical Distribution and Control, and President and CEO, GE Applian... 
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10/18/04Grainger Reports Record Quarterly Earnings for 2004 Third Quarter
Raises EPS Guidance Range for Year to $2.80 - $2.90 CHICAGO, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported a 19 percent increase in earnings per share for the third quarter ended September 30, 2004. Earnings per share were 74 cents versus 62 cents in the 2003 third quarter, surpassing the previous record established in the 2004 second quarter. Sales were $1.3 billion, up 8 percent versus the prior year's third quarter. Net earnings were up 19 percent to $68 million, the highest net earnings for any quarter. "Our results reflect how hard Grainger's employees are working to deliver outstanding service to our customers," said Chairman and Chief Ex... 
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09/28/04Grainger Details Technology and Supply Chain Investments
Accelerates telephony program CHICAGO, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- At an analyst meeting held at Grainger's newest distribution center in Robbinsville, N.J., today, Grainger Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Keyser provided an update on the company's technology investments, including its SAP installation and telephony program. These two initiatives are designed to help the company become more efficient at saving customers time and money when purchasing facilities maintenance products. "For us, technology is not a mere indulgence or a nice to have. It is at the very heart of our business and helps us drive our multi-channel strategy," said Keyser. ... 
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07/28/04Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Jul 28, 2004 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- The directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. at their meeting today declared a cash dividend of 20 cents per share payable September 1, 2004, to shareholders of record August 9, 2004. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2003 sales of $4.7 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions throughout North America. Through its network of nearly 600 branches, 17 distribution centers and multiple Web sites, Grainger helps customers save time and money by providing them with the right products to keep their facilities running. SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc. Ro... 
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07/16/04Grainger Reports Record Quarterly EPS
Company Raises EPS Guidance for Year to $2.65 to $2.85 CHICAGO, July 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported a 20 percent increase in earnings per share for the second quarter ended June 30, 2004. Earnings per share were 72 cents versus 60 cents in the 2003 second quarter, setting an all-time quarterly high. Sales were $1.3 billion, up 7 percent versus the prior year's second quarter. Net earnings were up 19 percent to $66.6 million, also a new quarterly high. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Keyser said, "Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Grainger's employees, we saw sales increase in our Branch-based and Lab Safety segmen... 
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06/24/04Grainger Group President to Address Analysts
CHICAGO, June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger Group President James T. Ryan will address a group of analysts attending the William Blair & Company's 24th Annual Growth Stock Conference in Chicago. A complete copy of the presentation will be available today at 9:30 a.m. CDT. To view the presentation, please visit the Investor Relations section of Grainger's Web site, http://www.grainger.com . W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2003 sales of $4.7 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions throughout North America. Through its network of nearly 600 branches, 17 distribution centers and multiple Web sites... 
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06/14/04Grainger Names New Senior Vice President of Human Resources
CHICAGO, June 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading distributor of facilities maintenance supplies, today named James A. Garman to the role of Senior Vice President of Human Resources. In this position, Garman will provide strategic direction and leadership for the design, development and execution of Grainger's human resource initiatives. Garman will be responsible for ensuring that Grainger's human resource policies support business objectives and that the company remains competitive in the marketplace through several key human resource functions including benefits, compensation, organization effectiveness and staffing. Garman also will le... 
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05/05/04Grainger Chairman and CEO Addresses Analysts and Details Plans for Growth
LONGBOAT KEY, Fla., May 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Keyser today addressed a group of analysts attending the annual meeting of the Electrical Products Group of New York. Keyser described Grainger's strategy to accelerate growth and reiterated the company's sales and earnings guidance for the year. A complete copy of the presentation is available at the Investor Relations section of Grainger's Web site, www.grainger.com . "Our initiatives are just beginning to help us grow, not only sales, but our share of the $100 billion facilities maintenance market," said Keyser. He described the company's planned, market-by-market ... 
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04/28/04Grainger Announces Three Additional Markets in Its Market Expansion Program
Other Shareholder Meeting Highlights CHICAGO, April 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- At Grainger's annual shareholder meeting held in Lake Forest, IL, today, Grainger Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Keyser provided an update on the business and its key growth initiatives, including its market expansion program. Launched in October 2003, the multi-year program enhances local product availability and sales coverage in major metropolitan markets. Keyser announced the company plans to add three new markets to the program, Houston, St. Louis and Tampa. Over the next year, Grainger expects to add $10 million in inventory and almost 200,000 square feet in space in these ... 
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04/28/04Grainger Increases Quarterly Dividend 8 Percent to 20 Cents Per Share
CHICAGO, April 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. at their meeting today declared a cash dividend of 20 cents per share payable June 1, 2004, to shareholders of record May 10, 2004. This represents an increase of 8 percent from the prior quarterly rate of 18 1/2 cents per share. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2003 sales of $4.7 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions throughout North America. Through its network of nearly 600 branches, 17 distribution centers and multiple Web sites, Grainger helps customers save time and money by providing them with the right prod... 
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04/16/04Grainger Reports EPS of 69 Cents for 2004 First Quarter and Raises 2004 EPS Guidance
CHICAGO, April 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported a 21 percent increase in earnings per share for the first quarter ended March 31, 2004. Sales were $1.2 billion, up 8 percent over the prior year's first quarter. Net earnings were up 19 percent to $62.6 million. Earnings per share were 69 cents versus 57 cents in the 2003 first quarter. The 2004 quarter had one additional selling day. "We achieved strong sales and earnings growth this quarter due to the strengthening economy and our improved customer service," said Grainger's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Keyser. "Over the past few years we've invested in our operations to im... 
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04/06/04Grainger Announces New Operational Structure
President Announces Plans to Leave CHICAGO, April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) today announced a new operational structure that better aligns the company to meet its aggressive growth targets. At the same time, Wesley M. Clark, president and chief operating officer, announced his plans to leave the company to pursue other opportunities. Grainger is realigning its operations to better focus on sales and service goals. The largest unit represents all of Grainger's businesses operating under the Grainger brand in the United States, including the 400 branches and nine distribution centers in its domestic supply chain network and Grainger's outs... 
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02/12/04Grainger Announces New Online Feature to Help Customers Save Time and Money
CHICAGO, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), America's leading distributor of facilities maintenance supplies, today announced the launch of a new product comparison feature on grainger.com to help customers drive down the costs associated with purchasing facilities maintenance products. The new feature enables buyers to make more informed purchases and save time by allowing them to quickly and easily view multiple products and their attributes on one page. "We are constantly looking for ways to help our customers save time and money regardless of the channel they use to connect with Grainger," said James Ryan, Grainger Executive Vice President, Marketing, S... 
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01/29/04Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The directors of Grainger have declared a quarterly dividend of 18-1/2 cents per share payable March 1, 2004, to shareholders of record February 9, 2004. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2003 sales of $4.7 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions throughout North America. Through its network of nearly 600 branches, 17 distribution centers and multiple Web sites, Grainger helps customers save time and money by providing them with the right products to keep their facilities running. SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc.... 
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01/29/04Grainger Reports EPS of 67 Cents for 2003 Fourth Quarter and $2.46 for The Year
CHICAGO, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported earnings per diluted share of $2.46 for the year ended December 31, 2003, up 10 percent versus $2.24 in 2002. Sales for 2003 at $4.7 billion were flat versus 2002. Net earnings for the year were $227 million, up 7 percent versus $212 million in 2002. The year 2002 included a goodwill impairment charge of $0.26 per share and $0.04 per share of non-operating gains from the sale of investment securities. Sales in the 2003 fourth quarter were $1.2 billion, up 3 percent versus the prior year fourth quarter. Net earnings of $62 million were down 1 percent versus $63 million in the 2002 fourth quarter. ... 
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12/15/03Grainger Sets Growth Course and Provides Outlook
BOSTON, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading North American industrial supplier of products to maintain, repair, and operate facilities, hosted a meeting in Boston today. The company's executives reviewed key business initiatives and provided guidance to members of the financial community. Grainger's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Richard L. Keyser, spoke at the event along with Wesley M. Clark, President and Chief Operating Officer; James T. Ryan, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Service; and P. Ogden Loux, Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer. "This company has real potential to grow. No other broad l... 
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12/02/03Local Marines to Take Part in “Operation Candy Cane”
Industrial Supplier Grainger To Host Marine Families For Holiday Event CHICAGO (Dec. 2, 2003) – More than 80 Marines and family members from Marine Air Control Group-48 (MACG-48) who participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom will be hosted by Grainger, the leading North American distributor of facilities maintenance products for a morning of holiday activities as recognition for doing their patriotic duty. The event, entitled “Operation Candy Cane” will take place on Saturday, December 6, 2003, from 9:00 a.m. – noon C.S.T. at Grainger’s corporate headquarters in Lake Forest. The event will feature breakfast with Santa, a magic show and madrigal singers. Children will also have the ... 
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10/29/03Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The directors of Grainger today declared a quarterly dividend of 18 1/2 cents per share payable December 1, 2003, to shareholders of record November 10, 2003. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products in North America. Grainger serves customers through a network of nearly 600 branches, 17 distribution centers, and four Web sites. Sales for 2002 were $4.6 billion. For more information and recent speeches and presentations, visit Grainger online at investor.grainger.com . SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc.... 
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10/16/03Grainger Reports EPS of 62 Cents for the 2003 Third Quarter
CHICAGO, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported flat sales and a 3 percent decline in diluted earnings per share for the third quarter ended September 30, 2003. Sales were $1.2 billion in both the 2003 and 2002 third quarters. Net earnings of $56.8 million decreased 5 percent and diluted earnings per share were $0.62 versus $0.64 for the 2002 third quarter. Grainger's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Keyser said, "We are committed to returning the company to sustained revenue growth. The completion of our logistics network in early 2004 will provide a solid foundation to improve service to our customers. We recently announced a ... 
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10/09/03Grainger Sets Growth Course by Expanding Market Presence
CHICAGO, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger, North America's leading supplier of facilities maintenance products, today announced a multi- year branch expansion program to increase its market presence in the United States. The program will begin in three metropolitan markets, Atlanta, Denver and Seattle, with larger branches and additional sales personnel. Over the next three to five years, the company will assess and reinforce local availability of products and sales coverage to increase service to customers in 25 major metropolitan markets as well as in selected secondary markets. Grainger expects to fund the first phase of the program by ongoing productivity improvements... 
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08/15/03Grainger Wins CIO 100 Award for Resourcefulness
Company listed among 100 most innovative technology users by CIO Magazine Lake Forest, IL, (August 15, 2003)- Grainger, the leading North American industrial distributor of products used by businesses to maintain, repair and operate their facilities, is a winner of the prestigious CIO 100 award from IDG's CIO magazine. The 2003 CIO 100 award recognizes organizations around the world that excel in positive business performance through resourceful IT management and practices. To provide a vision of ever-changing business trends, the focus of the CIO 100 changes each year. This year, CIO honors 100 companies that demonstrate the resourceful use of technology and related assets in a t... 
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07/30/03Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, July 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. at their meeting today declared a cash dividend of 18 1/2 cents payable September 1, 2003, to shareholders of record August 11, 2003. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products in North America. Grainger serves customers through a network of nearly 600 branches, 17 distribution centers, and four Web sites. Sales for 2002 were $4.6 billion. For more information and recent speeches and presentations, visit Grainger online at investor.grainger.com . SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc.... 
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07/17/03Grainger Reports EPS of 60 Cents for the 2003 Second Quarter
CHICAGO, July 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported lower sales but higher earnings for the second quarter ended June 30, 2003. Net earnings were $56.0 million, an increase of 3 percent versus the prior year, and earnings per share were $0.60, up 5 percent compared to $0.57. The 2002 quarter included a $5.8 million expense, or $0.04 per share, related to severance and other costs. Sales in the 2003 second quarter were $1,173 million, down 2 percent, versus $1,195 million for the prior year. Richard L. Keyser, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said, "Despite the effect of a difficult economy, we reported improved earnings. We remain committed to i... 
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06/25/03Grainger President and COO Addresses Analysts; Revises Sales and Refines EPS Guidance for 2003
CHICAGO, June 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger President and Chief Operating Officer Wesley M. Clark, addressing a group of analysts in Chicago today, outlined Grainger's initiatives to capture additional market share through investments in customer service and technology and shared his expectations for the remainder of 2003. The presentation will be available as a webcast at www.twst.com/econf/mm/blair2/gww.html starting at 9:10 a.m. CDT. A complete copy of the presentation is also available at the Investor Relations section of Grainger's Web site, www.grainger.com . In his speech Clark revised sales guidance for 2003: "The economy isn't helping and we don't know jus... 
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05/31/03Grainger Donates $50,000 to Help Jackson, Tenn., Rebuild
CHICAGO, May 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger, the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products in North America, today donated $50,000 to the Jackson Downtown Development Corporation (JDDC) in Jackson, Tenn. The donation, which is part of the Grainger Rebuilding America(SM) program, was given to help local, small businesses rebuild from the devastation caused by the F4-grade tornado that swept through the city's central business district on May 4, 2003. In total, the tornado damaged more than 300 businesses, government facilities, and historic buildings in Jackson. Local Grainger representatives presented the check to Meg Goodman, Executive Director of ... 
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05/07/03Grainger Chairman and CEO Addresses Analysts; Reiterates 2003 Guidance
LONGBOAT KEY, Fla., May 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Keyser addressed a group of analysts attending the annual meeting of the Electrical Products Group of New York. Keyser outlined Grainger's initiatives to accelerate growth through investments in customer service and technology and reiterated the company's 2003 sales and EPS guidance. A complete copy of the presentation is available at the Investor Relations section of Grainger's Web site, www.grainger.com . In his presentation entitled "Spurring Growth Through Service," Keyser discussed Grainger's opportunity to capture share in the $100 billion facilities maintenance ... 
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04/30/03Grainger Shareholders Elect Directors, Other Meeting Highlights
CHICAGO, April 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- At the annual meeting held today, shareholders elected 11 directors, all of whom were previously serving on the board. The directors are: Brian P. Anderson Richard L. Keyser James D. Slavik Senior Vice President and Chairman of the Board and Chairman Chief Financial Officer Chief Executive Officer Mark IV Capital, Baxter International Inc. W.W. Grainger, Inc. Inc. Wesley M. Clark Frederick A. Krehbiel Harold B. Smith President and Co-Chairman of the Board Chairman of the Chief Operating Officer Molex Incorporated Exe... 
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04/30/03Grainger Increases Quarterly Dividend to 18 1/2 Cents Per Share
CHICAGO, April 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. at their meeting today declared a cash dividend of 18 1/2 cents per share payable June 1, 2003, to shareholders of record May 12, 2003. This represents an increase of 3 percent from the prior quarterly rate of 18 cents per share. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), is the leading broad line supplier of facilities products in North America. Grainger serves customers through a network of nearly 600 branches, 17 distribution centers, and four Web sites. Sales for 2002 were $4.6 billion. For more information, visit Grainger online at www.grainger.com . SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc.... 
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04/16/03Grainger Reports EPS of 57 Cents for the 2003 First Quarter
CHICAGO, April 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported first quarter earnings per share of 57 cents, a 58 percent increase over 36 cents in the first quarter of 2002. Sales in the 2003 first quarter were $1,139 million, up 1 percent, versus $1,125 million in the prior year's first quarter. Net earnings of $52 million versus $35 million were up 52 percent. The first quarter 2002 included a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $24 million or 25 cents per share. Richard L. Keyser, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said, "I am pleased we were able to grow sales and maintain margins in a difficult economy. We continue to position for future growth by... 
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04/14/03Grainger Completes Acquisition of Gempler's Direct Marketing Business
CHICAGO, April 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger, North America's leading supplier of facilities maintenance products, today announced its Lab Safety Supply subsidiary has acquired Gempler's, a direct marketer and division of Gempler's, Inc. Lab Safety had signed a definitive agreement in February of this year to purchase Gempler's. Final terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Gempler's provides the $3 billion agricultural, horticultural, grounds maintenance and contractor markets with tools, safety supplies, clothing and other equipment. Lab Safety is North America's premier direct marketer providing safety and industrial supplies. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:... 
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03/25/03Grainger Hosts Racing Event In Plano For Sweepstakes Winner Xencom
CHICAGO, IL (March 24, 2003) – Grainger, the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products in North America, will host an afternoon of fun, food and racing, featuring its Winston Cup driver Greg Biffle, at Plano-based Xencom Systems, LLC, winner of Grainger's "Get in the Race" Sweepstakes. Xencom is a leading supplier of quality energy, janitorial and facility services to the Retail Real Estate industry and other select markets. The event will take place Thursday, March 27, from noon to 6:00 p.m. CST at Xencom's corporate offices located at 1609 Precision in Plano, Texas. During the event, more than 100 Xencom employees and customers will have an opportunity to comp... 
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03/03/03Grainger Executive To Share Insights Into Successful Supplier Relationships During National Manufacturing Week In Chicago
CHICAGO, IL (February 27, 2003) – Grainger, the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products in North America, today announced that its Vice President Field Sales, Donna J. Broome, will address attendees at the National Plant Engineering & Facilities Maintenance Show on Wednesday, March 5, 2003, in Chicago. The presentation, titled "Working with Suppliers to Increase Productivity and Purchasing Efficiencies," will take place from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CST in room N226 at the McCormick Place Convention Center. Ms. Broome will speak to attendees about how to consolidate suppliers and products to save time and money. Through specific examples and case studies, M... 
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02/19/03Grainger Named 'Most Admired' by Industry Peers
CHICAGO, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger, the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products in North America, was named the "most admired" company in 2002 among diversified wholesalers, as reported in Fortune magazine's annual listing of America's Most Admired Companies. The complete listing will appear in Fortune's Mar. 3 issue. Rankings were compiled by the Hay Group, which surveyed 10,000 executives, directors and securities analysts from the ten largest companies by revenues in 66 industries. This panel rated companies in their own industries based on their performance in eight categories, including: innovation, financial soundness, employee tal... 
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02/14/03Grainger to Buy Direct Marketing Business Gempler's
CHICAGO, Feb. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger, North America's leading supplier of facilities maintenance products, today announced its Lab Safety Supply subsidiary has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Gempler's, a division of Gempler's, Inc. Gempler's is a direct marketer serving the $3 billion agricultural, horticultural, grounds maintenance, and contractor markets. Grainger expects the acquisition to close, subject to standard conditions, early in the second quarter and to be accretive within a year. No other terms of the agreement were disclosed. Gempler's will become part of Grainger's Lab Safety Supply subsidiary, which is the premier direct marketer prov... 
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01/29/03Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. today declared a quarterly dividend of 18 cents per share payable March 1, 2003, to shareholders of record February 10, 2003. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products in North America. Grainger serves customers through a network of nearly 600 branches, 16 distribution centers, and four Web sites. Sales for 2002 were $4.6 billion. For more information, visit Grainger online at www.grainger.com . SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc.... 
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01/29/03Grainger Reports EPS of 67 Cents for the 2002 Fourth Quarter
CHICAGO, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported earnings per diluted share of $2.24 for the year ended December 31, 2002, up 22 percent versus 2001. Sales for 2002 decreased 2 percent to $4.64 billion versus $4.75 billion in 2001. Net earnings for the year were $211.6 million. Excluding a goodwill impairment charge of $23.9 million, net earnings for the year were $235.5 million, or $2.50 per share. The 2002 full-year results also include $0.04 per share in non-operating gains from the sale of investment securities. Sales in the 2002 fourth quarter were $1.12 billion, up 1 percent over the prior year's fourth quarter. Net earnings of $62.6 mill... 
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12/16/02Grainger Reiterates Guidance for 2002, Provides Outlook for 2003
NEW YORK CITY, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading North American industrial distributor of products used by businesses to maintain, repair, and operate their facilities, today reviewed key business initiatives and provided guidance for 2003. Grainger's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Keyser spoke to the financial community in New York along with Wesley M. Clark, President and Chief Operating Officer, and P. Ogden Loux, Senior Vice President, Finance, and Chief Financial Officer. Grainger reaffirmed 2002 EPS guidance of $2.38 to $2.52. This EPS projection excludes both the $0.04 gain on the sale of securities and the $0.25 goodwi... 
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11/26/02Grainger Provides Sailors a Home Away From Home for the Holidays
Industrial Supply Giant To Host Thanksgiving Dinner For More Than 100 Recruits From Great Lakes Naval Base CHICAGO, Nov. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger will open its doors on Thursday, Nov. 28, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., to more than 100 Navy recruits who are unable to be home with their families for Thanksgiving. This marks the second consecutive year in which the company will host the event at its corporate headquarters in Lake Forest, Ill. Over 50 Grainger employees and their families will share a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with the recruits at 12 p.m. CST. The company also will offer a variety of activities throughout the day for rec... 
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11/18/02Grainger Recognizes Greg Biffle, 2002 Nascar Busch Series Champion
Industrial Supply Giant to Sponsor Biffle in His Quest to Become the First Driver to Win Titles in All Three NASCAR Circuits CHICAGO, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger, North America's leading provider of products used by businesses to maintain, repair and operate their facilities, today recognizes Greg Biffle, driver of the #60 Grainger Ford(R), for winning the 2002 Busch Series title. With this title, Biffle becomes the first driver to win NASCAR championships in both the Craftsman(R) Truck Series and the Busch Series. Championship trophies will be presented to Biffle and Grainger president and chief operating officer, Wes Clark, who will represent the ... 
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11/18/02Grainger Recognizes Greg Biffle, 2002 NASCAR Busch Series Champion
W.W. Grainger, Inc. 100 Grainger Parkway Lake Forest, IL 60045-5201 Tel: 847.535.1000 www. grainger.com CONTACT: Michael McGrew FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Grainger 847.535.4196 mcgrew.m@grainger.com Grainger Recognizes Greg Biffle, 2002 NASCAR Busch Series Champion Industrial Supply Giant to Sponsor Bi... 
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11/18/02GRAINGER RECOGNIZES GREG BIFFLE, 2002 NASCAR BUSCH SERIES CHAMPION
W.W. Grainger, Inc. 100 Grainger Parkway Lake Forest, IL 60045-5201 Tel: 847.535.1000 www. grainger.com CONTACT: Michael McGrew FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Grainger 847.535.4196 mcgrew.m@grainger.com Grainger Recognizes Greg Biffle, 2002 NASCAR Busch Series Champion Industrial Supply Giant to Sponsor Bi... 
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10/30/02Grainger Increases Share Repurchase Program
CHICAGO, October 30, 2002 – The directors of Grainger today restored the company's share repurchase authorization to its original level of 10 million shares. Prior to this action, approximately 1.3 million shares remained available for repurchase on the existing authorization. Repurchases are expected to be made from time to time in open market and/or privately negotiated transactions. The repurchased shares will be available for general corporate purposes. The company presently has approximately 91.4 million shares of common stock outstanding. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2001 sales of $4.8 billion, is the leading North American industrial distributor of products used by bus... 
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10/30/02Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, October 30, 2002 – The directors of Grainger today declared a quarterly dividend of 18 cents per share payable December 1, 2002, to shareholders of record November 11, 2002. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2001 sales of $4.8 billion, is the leading North American industrial distributor of products used by businesses to maintain, repair, and operate their facilities. Grainger shares are traded on the New York and Chicago stock exchanges. For more information, visit Grainger online at www.grainger.com . ... 
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10/28/02Red Cross, Grainger Model Successful Partnership for Helping Disaster Victims
"Ready When the Time Comes" Volunteer Program To Be Introduced Nationwide CHICAGO, October 28, 2002. - From 9-to-5 during the week, they are customer service representatives, marketing executives, data entry clerks, managers, executive assistants, and sales representatives at industrial supply giant Grainger. But when disasters strike the Chicago area, they become Red Cross disaster responders - ready when the time comes to lend a hand when it is most critically needed. These professionals are part of the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago's Ready When the Time Comes (RWTC) corporate volunteer program, designed to increase the local Red Cross's capacity to respond instantan... 
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10/16/02Grainger Reports EPS of 64 Cents for Third Quarter 2002
CHICAGO, October 16, 2002 - Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported improved results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2002.  Net earnings of $60.0 million increased 7 percent and diluted earnings per share were up 8 percent to $0.64 versus $0.59 for the 2001 third quarter.  Sales of $1.2 billion in the 2002 third quarter were flat versus the 2001 third quarter.  The quarter included an additional selling day. "While operating performance of our three business segments improved, sales results for the quarter confirm that we are not yet seeing a recovery in the North American economy," said Grainger's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Richard L. Ke... 
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09/24/02Grainger's Online Order Management System Saves Customers Time and Effort
Grainger, the leading North American industrial distributor of products used by businesses to maintain, repair and operate their facilities, has launched an Order Management System on its web site. The Order Management System helps customers better control their online purchasing process when multiple purchasers access the site. Customers that choose to use the Order Management System at www.grainger.com can set limits on how much each purchaser can spend per order. Grainger electronically forwards orders that exceed the prescribed purchasing limit to the approving authority designated by the company. Only after it is approved does Grainger process the order. The com... 
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07/31/02Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, July 31, 2002 – The directors of Grainger today declared a quarterly dividend of 18 cents per share payable September 1, 2002, to shareholders of record August 12, 2002. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2001 sales of $4.8 billion, is the leading North American industrial distributor of products used by businesses to maintain, repair, and operate their facilities. Grainger shares are traded on the New York and Chicago stock exchanges. For more information, visit Grainger online at www.grainger.com. ... 
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07/16/02Grainger Recognizes a $23.9 Million After-Tax Goodwill Impairment Charge Due to Accounting Change
CHICAGO, July 16, 2002 – Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported a non-cash charge to earnings of $23.9 million, or $0.25 per share, related to the write-down of goodwill for its Canadian subsidiary. This write-down was the result of the completion of the required assessment of the impact of SFAS 142, Goodwill and Other Intangibles. This amount was recorded as the cumulative effect of an accounting change as of January 1, 2002. The effect of this charge was included in the six-months ended June 30, 2002. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2001 sales of $4.8 billion, is the leading North American industrial distributor of products used by businesses to maintain, repair, and operat... 
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07/16/02Grainger Reports EPS of 57 Cents for Second Quarter 2002
CHICAGO, July 16, 2002 - Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2002.  Net earnings of $54.5 million increased 268 percent and earnings per share were $0.57, up 280 percent versus the 2001 second quarter.  During the quarter, the company reduced headcount at its headquarters and at Lab Safety Supply.  Severance and other costs of $5.8 million ($3.4 million after tax) or $0.04 per share were included in the 2002 second quarter.  The 2001 quarter included non-recurring, after-tax charges of $38 million, or $0.40 per share, related to the closing of Material Logic and the write-down of other digital investments.  Excluding those... 
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07/13/02Grainger to Move Up to Winston Cup With Greg Biffle and Roush Racing
Industrial Supply Giant to Let Customers Pick Design for 2003 Winston Cup Car CHICAGO (July 13, 2002) - Grainger, together with Roush Racing, today announced it will continue its sponsorship of Greg Biffle as he moves up to the Winston Cup Series in 2003. Grainger also announced a new sweepstakes promotion that will let its customers choose the design for Biffle’s No. 16 Winston Cup car from among three different visual concepts. Customers registered on Grainger's website will be able to cast their votes by visiting www.grainger.com. One winner will be chosen. The winning company's logo will appear on Biffle's No. 16 car for one race. Biffle and the Grainger-Roush Racing team also wil... 
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05/23/02Grainger Donation Helps Protect Dog Days of Summer Exhibit in Racine, Wis.
CHICAGO (May 23, 2002) – Grainger, North America’s leading industrial supplier of products used by businesses to maintain, repair and operate their facilities, is donating 50 movable platforms to the Downtown Racine Corp. (DRC) for its Dog Days of Summer exhibit. Several pieces of artwork from the exhibit have been vandalized in recent weeks. Grainger will present the moving platforms to Mayor Jim Smith and Kathy Hansen, executive director at the Downtown Racine Corp., at a special ceremony on Friday, May 24, at 10:30 a.m. CST, at the Grainger branch located at 3711 S. Memorial Dr., in Racine, Wis. The DRC now will be able to move the artwork to secure locations at night, thereby h... 
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04/24/02Grainger Shareholders Elect Directors, Other Meeting Highlights
CHICAGO, April 24, 2002 - At the annual meeting held today, shareholders elected 12 directors, all of whom were previously serving on the board. The directors are: OTHER ACTIONS TAKEN BY SHAREHOLDERS. Shareholders ratified the appointment of Grant Thornton LLP as independent auditors for the year ending December 31, 2002. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2001 sales of $4.8 billion, is the leading North American industrial distributor of products used by businesses to maintain, repair, and operate their facilities. Grainger shares are traded on the New York and Chicago stock exchanges. For more information, visit Grainger online at www.grainger.com ... 
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04/24/02Grainger Increases Quarterly Dividend to 18 Cents Per Share
CHICAGO, April 24, 2002 – The directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. at their meeting today declared a cash dividend of 18 cents per share payable June 1, 2002, to shareholders of record May 6, 2002. This represents an increase of 3% from the prior quarterly rate of 17 1/2 cents per share. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2001 sales of $4.8 billion, is the leading North American industrial distributor of products used by businesses to maintain, repair, and operate their facilities. Grainger shares are traded on the New York and Chicago stock exchanges. For more information, visit Grainger online at www.grainger.com . ... 
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04/16/02Grainger Reports EPS of 61 Cents for the 2002 First Quarter
CHICAGO, April 16, 2002 - Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2002.  While sales declined 8 percent, net earnings increased 39 percent to $58 million, and earnings per share were $0.61, up 36 percent. Sales in the 2002 first quarter were $1.1 billion, down 8 percent, versus $1.2 billion in the prior year's first quarter.  Continuing weakness in the North American economy and the effect of one less selling day affected sales performance in the quarter. Richard L. Keyser, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said, "Despite a difficult economic environment, we were able to grow earnings and expand operating margins.  Because we do not exp... 
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04/09/02Grainger Donates $25,000 to Minority Management Education Program and Awards Scholarship to Minority Supplier
CHICAGO (April 9, 2002) – Grainger, North America’s largest industrial distributor of products used by businesses to maintain, repair and operate their facilities, today announced a $25,000 donation to the National Minority Supplier Development Council’s (NMSDC) Advanced Management Education Program. The company also announced Phyllis Valdez, president of The Valdez Group, an Hispanic-owned supplier of specialty tools for the manufacturing market, as the recipient of its annual scholarship award. Valdez will attend the program this summer. The Advanced Management Education Program is held annually at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and focuses on issu... 
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03/05/02Grainger Launches Custom Products Center Online
CHICAGO (March 5, 2002) – Grainger, the leading North American industrial distributor of products used by businesses to maintain, repair and operate their facilities, has launched a Custom Products Center online. Customers can design and order property identification tags and safety signs through its web site, www.grainger.com . Customers can visit the Custom Products Center, at www.grainger.com/customsigns, and design, preview and order property identification tags that help label business assets for identification and tracking purposes. Customers can also design, preview and order safety signs, including styles that are compliant with OSHA and ANSI standards. The self-s... 
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03/01/02North America's Largest Industrial Supply Distributor Moves to New Location in Rochester
CHICAGO (March 1, 2002) - Grainger, the leading North American industrial distributor of products used by businesses to maintain, repair and operate their facilities, has relocated its branch store in Rochester, N.Y. to a new location at 1999 Mt. Read Blvd. This branch was previously located at 507 Hague St. The company's new Mt. Read Blvd. branch is one of two Grainger branches serving the Rochester area. Grainger also serves customers from its branch located at 430 W. Metro Park. Grainger's new Mt. Read Blvd. branch will continue to bring Grainger's broad product and service offerings to area businesses. This new branch features an open-air, easy-access showroom that is dedic... 
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02/28/02Grainger Hosts Analysts at New Dallas Distribution Center
CHICAGO, February 28, 2002 – Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America’s leading industrial distributor of products used by businesses to maintain, repair, and operate their facilities, today hosted a group of 40 financial analysts in Dallas. The meeting, designed to showcase the company’s $200 million redesigned logistics network, detailed Grainger’s supply chain network and how its new distribution centers will expand capacity, improve productivity, reduce operating costs, and improve customer service. As part of the presentation, Grainger Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Keyser reiterated the company’s 2002 earnings per share guidance of $2.30 to $2.65. President and Chief... 
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02/25/02Grainger Recognized As One Of America’s Most Admired Companies
CHICAGO (February 25, 2002) – Grainger, the leading North American industrial distributor of products used by businesses to maintain, repair and operate their facilities, has been recognized by Fortune magazine as one of “America’s Most Admired Companies.” This distinction was afforded Grainger in Fortune magazine’s March 4 listing, selected from the largest U.S. companies and U.S. subsidiaries of foreign-owned companies. Grainger was ranked fourth among the country’s largest diversified wholesalers. Companies were selected from 58 different industries, based on their industry rank in eight key categories, including: innovation, financial soundness, employee talent, use of corporate asse... 
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02/04/02Grainger Names New Senior Vice President of Human Resources
CHICAGO (February 4, 2002) - Grainger, the leading North American industrial distributor of products used by businesses to maintain, repair and operate their facilities, today announced Peter Perez as its new senior vice president of human resources. In this position, Perez will provide leadership and strategic direction for the design, development and execution of Grainger's human resource initiatives. Perez will be responsible for ensuring that Grainger's human resource policies support business objectives and that the company remains competitive in the marketplace through several key human resource functions including benefits, compensation, organization effectiveness and staffi... 
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02/04/02North America's Largest Industrial Supply Distributor Moves to New Location in South San Francisco
CHICAGO (February 4, 2002) – Grainger, the leading North American industrial distributor of products used by businesses to maintain, repair and operate their facilities, has relocated its branch store in South San Francisco, Calif., to a new location at 408 N. Canal St. Grainger's South San Francisco branch previously was located at 1430 San Mateo Ave. The company's new branch will continue to bring Grainger’s broad product and service offerings to area businesses. Grainger's new South San Francisco branch features an open-air, easy-access showroom that is dedicated to self-serve product displays, and provides immediate access to broad line of industrial products tailored to the ne... 
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01/29/02Grainger Reports EPS of 65 Cents for the 2001 Fourth Quarter and $1.84 for the Full Year
CHICAGO, January 29, 2002 - Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2001.  Sales in the 2001 fourth quarter were down 8 percent compared to the prior year fourth quarter.  Net earnings of $61.5 million, or $0.65 per share, were up 28 percent and 27 percent respectively.  Sales for the full year 2001 decreased 4 percent to $4.8 billion versus $5.0 billion in 2000.  Net earnings for the year were $174.5 million, or $1.84 per share.  The full year results include non-recurring, after-tax charges of $36.6 million or $0.39 per share.  Based on current projections, the Company reduced its non-recurring charges, originally recognized i... 
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01/14/02Former Chicago Bear Named New Director of Diversity at Grainger
CHICAGO (January 14, 2002) – Grainger, the 75-year-old leading distributor of supplies for facilities maintenance, today announced that it has hired Mark Green as its new director of diversity effective Monday, Dec. 31, 2001. In this position, Green will oversee the continued development and management of Grainger’s human resources strategies to promote employee diversity. Green also will help Grainger’s efforts to ensure diversity awareness in the areas of recruitment and staffing, employee development and university relations. "At Grainger, we are committed to strengthening our company through a diverse workforce,” said Wes Clark, Grainger president and chief operating office... 
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01/08/02Grainger Launches Online Search Options for Government Purchasers
CHICAGO (January 8, 2002) -- Grainger, the leading North American provider of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies, has introduced new timesaving capabilities to its proprietary online advanced search engine, enabling customers to quickly locate products grouped by specific criteria from Grainger’s offering of more than 220,000 products online. New Advanced Search options include the National Stocking Number (NSN) special refinement, giving government customers the ability to locate government-approved products and a Supplier Diversity refinement, allowing customers to quickly identify products from Grainger’s diversity suppliers. By accessing the Advanced Search opti... 
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11/30/01Grainger Chairman and CEO Reiterates Guidance for 2001 and Provides 2002 Outlook to Analysts
CHICAGO, November 30, 2001—Grainger (NYSE: GWW) Grainger’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Richard L. Keyser, spoke today to analysts attending the Lehman Brothers 19 th Annual Industrial Select Conference in Coral Gables, Florida. In his presentation, Keyser reiterated earnings guidance for 2001, which was originally presented on January 31. “As we close what has been a challenging year with sales below the prior year, we have succeeded in taking costs out of our operations. I want to reiterate that we expect to deliver earnings per share this year between $2.20 to $2.30, excluding a $0.40 per share restructuring charge,” he stated. Keyser also discus... 
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11/30/01Grainger Chairman and CEO Reiterates Guidance for 2001
CHICAGO, November 30, 2001—Grainger (NYSE: GWW) Grainger’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Richard L. Keyser, spoke today to analysts attending the Lehman Brothers 19 th Annual Industrial Select Conference in Coral Gables, Florida. In his presentation, Keyser reiterated earnings guidance for 2001, which was originally presented on January 31. “As we close what has been a challenging year with sales below the prior year, we have succeeded in taking costs out of our operations. I want to reiterate that we expect to deliver earnings per share this year between $2.20 to $2.30, excluding a $0.40 per share restructuring charge,” he stated. Keyser also discussed expectations for 2002. “Bas... 
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11/14/01Masco Corporation Honors Grainger With MASTAR Supplier Award
TAYLOR, Mich. (November 13, 2001) -- Masco Corporation (NYSE: MAS) today announced Grainger as a winner of its MASTAR (Masco Supplier Team Award Recognition) 2000 Program. Other winners of the inaugural 2000 awards are: Dow Chemical, Stiles Machinery and Temple-Inland Forest Products Corporation. The MASTAR Awards recognize and reward leadership, communication, commitment, and cooperation of Masco’s extensive supplier group to achieve world-class quality, cost reduction, delivery and service. “We are pleased to recognize Grainger for its outstanding support of Masco Corporation,” said Richard A. Manoogian, Masco’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Grainger shares Masco’s ... 
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10/31/01Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, October 31, 2001 – Members of the board of directors of Grainger today declared a cash dividend of $0.17 ½ per share payable December 1, 2001, to shareholders of record on November 12, 2001. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (GWW), with 2000 sales of $5 billion, is the leading North American provider of maintenance, repair, and operating supplies and related information to businesses and institutions. Grainger shares are traded on the New York and Chicago stock exchanges. For more information, visit Grainger on-line at www.grainger.com . ... 
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10/15/01Grainger Reports EPS of 59 Cents for the Third Quarter of 2001
CHICAGO, October 15, 2001 - Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported a 16 percent increase in net earnings for the third quarter ended September 30, 2001, versus the 2000 third quarter, and a 16 percent increase in earnings per share.  Net earnings increased to $56.0 million from $48.1 million, and earnings per share were $0.59 versus $0.51.  Net earnings in the 2000 third quarter included a $3.2 million pretax gain, or $0.02 a share, related to the sale of investment securities.  Excluding this prior period gain, net earnings for the quarter increased 21 percent and earnings per share were up 20 percent.  Sales in the 2001 third quarter were down 6 percent to $1,199 milli... 
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10/10/01Grainger Launches Repair Parts Center Online
CHICAGO (October 10, 2001) – Grainger, the leading North American provider of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies, today introduced a Repair Parts Center online, enabling customers to search, view and order repair parts through Grainger’s web site. The Repair Parts Center, at www.grainger.com/repairparts, allows customers to search for solutions from more than 110 manufacturers by manufacturer/brand name, model number or manufacturer part number. Customers can also access the Repair Parts Center through several links on the site’s home page at www.grainger.com and are alerted to parts information, if available, when viewing detailed information about a Grainger product o... 
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09/17/01Grainger Aids Emergency Response Teams in New York
CHICAGO (September 17, 2001) – Grainger, the leading North American provider of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies, is in the process of donating $1 million in cash and emergency supplies to aid rescue and recovery teams in New York. Grainger has over 500,000 products in inventory and a long history of responding to emergencies. The company draws from an extensive network of more than 1000 suppliers and is able to provide many of the supplies needed in a crisis. Through this donation, the company is providing an assortment of products, including: hard hats, steel-toed boots, respirator masks, safety glasses and gloves. Grainger also is positioned to get p... 
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08/01/01Grainger Adds Two New Members To Board of Directors
Chicago, August 1, 2001 – Grainger’s Board of Directors today appointed Frederick A. Krehbiel and Wesley M. Clark to the board, bringing the total number of members to 12. The appointments are effective August 2, 2001. Fred Krehbiel is co-chairman of Molex Incorporated, a leading manufacturer of electrical/electronic interconnecting products. He is a director of Molex, Tellabs Inc., The Northern Trust Company, and DeVry Inc. In addition, Krehbiel is a trustee of Rush-Presbyterian-St.Lukes Medical Center, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Lyric Opera, Chicago Zoological Society, Museum of Science and Industry, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Chicago Historical Socie... 
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08/01/01Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, August 1, 2001 - The directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. at their meeting today declared a cash dividend of $0.17 ½ per share payable September 1, 2001, to shareholders of record on August 13, 2001. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (GWW), with 2000 sales of $5 billion, is the leading North American provider of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies, and related information to businesses and institutions. GWW shares are traded on the New York and Chicago stock exchanges. For more information, visit Grainger on-line at www.grainger.com . ... 
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07/17/01Grainger Reports EPS of 15 Cents Including 40 Cent Non-Recurring Charge for Second Quarter 2001
CHICAGO, July 17, 2001 - Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported net earnings for the second quarter ended June 30, 2001, of $14.8 million or $0.15 per share. These results include previously announced, non-recurring, after-tax charges of $38 million, or $0.40 per share.  Excluding unusual items from both the 2001 and 2000 second quarters, net earnings increased 32 percent to $52.8 million from $40.1 million, and earnings per share increased 28 percent to $0.55 from $0.43. In the 2000 second quarter, the company's results of $55.7 million, or $0.59 cents a share, included a gain of $26 million, or $0.16 per share, related to sales of investment securities. "The we... 
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07/16/01Grainger Launches Safety Services Program
CHICAGO (July 16, 2001) – Grainger, the leading North American provider of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies, today introduced Grainger Safety Services, a nationwide program designed to help safety managers comply with increasingly strict OSHA requirements and continually changing workplace safety laws. Grainger, also North America’s leading distributor of safety equipment, has aligned itself with a nationwide team of safety experts to help customers achieve and maintain OSHA compliance, prevent lost time due to injury or illness, and minimize unnecessary insurance costs. In addition, the company has developed a customized safety catalog that contains more than 600 page... 
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06/01/01Grainger Reorganizes To Focus on Core Growth Opportunities
CHICAGO, IL, June 1, 2001—Grainger today announced that it is making a series of management changes as it focuses on targeted opportunities to gain market share in the highly fragmented maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supply industry. The changes, which are effective immediately, include: realignment of the quality, business systems and information resources across the company into a single company-wide function; integration of all marketing, sales, branch network and Grainger.com groups across the Grainger branded businesses; consolidation of international operations. Grainger Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Keyser said, “Grainger‘s strengths have ... 
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05/22/01Grainger.com President to Address Analysts at the Bear Stearns Industrial Power Technologies Conference
CHICAGO, May 22, 2001 – Grainger.com president James T. Ryan will speak today to analysts attending the Second Annual Bear Stearns Industrial Power Technologies Conference in Boston, Mass. A complete copy of Ryan’s presentation is available at the investor relations section of Grainger’s website, www.grainger.com. The presentation will be audiocast live at 9:40 A.M. EDT and will be available on the Bear Stearns website, www.bearstearns.com/conferences/industrial, for 30 days following the conference. In the presentation, Ryan discusses the importance of the online channel to Grainger’s overall growth strategy, as it offers customers unique features that help save time and ... 
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05/22/01Grainger Vice President James T. Ryan speaks at Bear Stearns Industrial Internet Conference
CHICAGO, May 22, 2001 – Grainger (NYSE: GWW) James T. Ryan, Grainger Vice President and President, Grainger.com, today met with analysts attending the Bear Stearns Industrial Internet Conference held in Boston, MA. A complete copy of Mr. Ryan’s presentation is available at the Investor Relations section of Grainger’s web site, www.grainger.com. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (GWW), with 2000 sales of $5 billion, is the leading North American provider of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies, and related information to businesses and institutions.GWW shares are traded on the New York and Chicago stock exchanges.For more information, visit Grainger on-line at www.grainger.co... 
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05/17/01Wesley M. Clark Is Named President and Chief Operating Officer for Grainger
Chicago, May 17, 2001 – Grainger today announced that Wesley M. Clark, currently group president, has been promoted to president and chief operating officer, effective immediately. He continues to report to Richard L. Keyser, Grainger’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Wes is a strong leader, with solid management expertise who has done a great job in each of his assignments with the company,” said Keyser. “Wes champions the integrating of our Internet initiatives with our branch network. His dedication to customer service, operational excellence and listening to employees will help Grainger focus on growing its sales in its core North American distribution business.” Clark... 
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05/14/01Donald E. Bielinski to Leave Grainger
Chicago, May 14, 2001 – Donald E. Bielinski, group president for Grainger, is leaving Grainger after a 30-year career with the company to pursue his career interests in business-to-business Internet and technology-related areas. Grainger Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Keyser said, “Don has had a distinguished career with Grainger. He has an unusually broad set of leadership skills, which he was able to use in the finance, operations, marketing, and technology arenas. Most recently, he has overseen Grainger’s Internet-related initiatives and guided the company’s digital strategy. It was partly because of Don’s significant contributions in this area that Grainger ear... 
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05/09/01Grainger Chairman and CEO Addresses Analysts at the Electrical Products Group of New York Annual Conference in Florida
CHICAGO, May 9, 2001 – Grainger (NYSE: GWW) Grainger’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Richard L. Keyser, today spoke to analysts attending the annual meeting of the Electrical Products Group of New York, held on Long Boat Key, Florida. A complete copy of Keyser’s presentation is available at the Investor Relations section of Grainger’s web site, www.grainger.com. In the presentation Keyser reiterated the importance of the Internet to the Company’s growth strategy and announced that Grainger.com, the Company’s flagship site, is expected to be profitable for the year. “Grainger.com has been making a positive variable contribution for some time, and we continue to expect it to m... 
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04/25/01Grainger Shareholders Elect Directors, Other Meeting Highlights
CHICAGO, April 25, 2001 - At the annual meeting held today, shareholders elected 10 directors, all of whom served the previous year. The directors are: Brian P. Anderson Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Baxter International Inc. Neil S. Novich Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer Ryerson Tull, Inc. Wilbur H. Gantz Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer PathoGenesis Corporation James D. Slavik President Mark IV Capital, Inc. David W. Grainger Senior Chairman of the Board W.W. Grainger, Inc. Harold B. Smith ... 
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04/25/01Grainger Increases Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, April 25, 2001 - The directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. at their meeting today declared a cash dividend of $0.17 ½ per share payable June 1, 2001, to shareholders of record on May 7, 2001. This represents an increase of 3% from the prior quarterly rate of $0.17 per share. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (GWW), with 2000 sales of $5 billion, is the leading North American provider of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies, and related information to businesses and institutions. GWW shares are traded on the New York and Chicago stock exchanges. For more information, visit Grainger on-line at www.grainger.com . ... 
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04/23/01Grainger to Discontinue Material Logic and Focus Its Digital Effort On Its Core Businesses
Company to take an after-tax, non-recurring charge of $38 million including write-down of other digital investments CHICAGO, (April 23, 2001) – Grainger today announced it will discontinue the operations of Material Logic, the digital unit formed to seek other equity participants. As a result of this action, Grainger will shut down all of Material Logic’s branded e-commerce sites except FindMRO, which will remain an integrated sourcing service for Grainger customers. “The condition of the financial markets and the economy limited funding opportunities. Material Logic’s advanced e-procurement solution was sound, but customer adoption rates were slower than expected,” said Ric... 
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04/16/01Grainger Reports EPS of 45 Cents for the 2001 First Quarter
CHICAGO, April 16, 2001 - Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2001.  Despite flat sales, the Company achieved a 12 percent increase in operating earnings and a 2 percent improvement in diluted earnings per share versus the same period in 2000.  Net earnings for the first quarter of 2001 were $42.2 million versus $41.2 million for the prior year's quarter.  Earnings per diluted share were $0.45 compared to $0.44 in the first quarter of 2000.  The Company remains on target to achieve its expected earnings per share of $1.80 to $2.10 for the year 2001. Sales were $1,219 million versus $1,222 million in the prior year's first ... 
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03/26/01Grainger Executives Purchase $24.4 Million in Grainger Stock
CHICAGO, March 26, 2001 – Grainger today announced that a group of 83 executives bought $24.4 million in shares of common stock from the Company, making the management team substantial shareholders. Proceeds from the executive stock purchase program will be used to repurchase shares on the open market. Grainger Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Keyser said, “We feel that our stock price is attractive at current levels. Because we as a management team believe in our strategic direction, we think it is especially appropriate for management to increase its stake in the company. This program further aligns the interests of management and shareholders.” The executives p... 
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03/12/01Grainger and GE Lighting Team Up to Provide Customers with Innovative Lighting Solutions
Chicago, March 12, 2001 - Grainger announced today that after an extensive, six-month review of its incandescent, fluorescent, high intensity discharge (HID), and other specialty lighting products, it has signed a five-year agreement to continue with GE Lighting as its strategic lighting supplier. The 2001 North American commercial and industrial lighting market is estimated at more than $1.4 billion and the market is expected to increase steadily over the next five years as businesses and institutions seek energy-efficient lighting solutions. Last year, Grainger sold almost 36 million GE light bulbs, making the company the leading commercial and industrial distributor of lighting product... 
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02/26/01Grainger Subsidiary Lab Safety Supply Acquires Direct Marketing Company
CHICAGO, February 26, 2001 -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) announced today that Lab Safety Supply, Inc., its wholly owned subsidiary, has acquired the Ben Meadows Co., Inc., of Canton, Georgia. Ben Meadows, a privately held corporation with annual sales of more than $20 million, is a business-to-business direct marketer specializing in equipment for the environmental and forestry management markets. Ben Meadows will become part of Lab Safety Supply, a leading business-to-business direct marketer of industrial and safety products in North America. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Given the size of the acquisition, no accretion or dilution of Grainger earnings per share is expect... 
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01/31/01Grainger Chairman and CEO Speaks to Analysts; Provides Outlook for MRO Distributor
CHICAGO, January 31, 2001—Grainger (NYSE: GWW) Grainger’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer today met with the financial community in New York City to provide an outlook for 2001. Keyser said, “The Company’s trends in the second half of 2000 were encouraging for improved operating earnings in 2001, however the slowing economic growth in December, which continued into January with 3 to 4 percent growth, has tempered our sales outlook.” Grainger reported results for 2000 yesterday. Sales grew by 7 percent and earnings per share were $1.86, excluding a 19 cents per share gain from the sale of securities. The Company’s discussion of 2001 looked at two possible economic scenario... 
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01/31/01Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, January 31, 2001 – The directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. today declared a quarterly dividend of 17 cents per share payable March 1, 2001, to shareholders of record February 12, 2001. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (GWW), with 2000 sales of $5 billion, is the leading North American provider of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies and related information to businesses and institutions. Grainger shares are traded on the New York and Chicago stock exchanges. For more information, visit Grainger online at www.grainger.com. ... 
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01/30/01Grainger Reports EPS of 51 Cents for the 2000 Fourth Quarter and $2.05 for the Full Year
CHICAGO, January 30, 2001 - Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2000.  Sales for the year increased 7 percent in 2000 to $4.98 billion.  Earnings per diluted share for 2000 were $2.05, up 7 percent over the prior year.  Included in 2000 earnings is a pretax gain of $30 million, or 19 cents per share, related to the sale of securities; excluding this gain, earnings per diluted share were $1.86, down 3 percent.  Results for both 2000 and 1999 reflect accounting changes adopted by Grainger, which are required by Emerging Issues Task Force pronouncement 00-10: Accounting for Shipping and Handling Fees and Cos... 
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01/26/01Grainger Consolidates Three Digital Businesses into a Separate Entity and Plans to Create an Industry-Owned Solution
Material Logic TM Provides E-procurement Solutions to Companies with Complex Purchasing Requirements, Allowing Them to Realize Significant Benefits in the MRO Arena CHICAGO, January 26, 2001 – Grainger (NYSE: GWW) announced today that it has consolidated three of its digital businesses into a separate organization, Material Logic. The new unit is seeking participation from MRO distributors to create an industry-backed, industry-funded independent entity that will own and operate those businesses. Grainger Chairman and CEO Richard L. Keyser, said “Material Logic includes the digital businesses of FindMRO.com, TotalMRO.com, and MROverstocks.com, as well as the Consulting, Im... 
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11/27/00Wyndam International, Inc. Awards Grainger Energy-Saving Lamp Conversion Project
Project is Estimated At $2 Million in Lamp Sales CHICAGO—November 27, 2000—Grainger, the leading business-to-business provider of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies, today announced that it has been awarded Wyndham International, Inc.’s national energy-saving lamp conversion project. The project is designed to save energy and related costs for each of the 115 participating hotel properties. The plan is to convert almost 27,000 guestrooms and common areas from incandescent light bulbs to energy-saving, long-lasting compact fluorescent and halogen lamps. According to industry standards a typical 100-watt, 120V, incandescent lamp provides approximately 750 hours of life,... 
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11/15/00Wesley M. Clark Addresses Analysts at Baird 2000 Industrial Technology Conference on Grainger’s Internet Strategy
CHICAGO, November 15, 2000 – Wesley M. Clark, Group President of Grainger spoke today before a group of financial analysts and business leaders attending the Robert W. Baird 2000 Industrial Technology Conference in Chicago. The conference, which was held at the Four Seasons Hotel, focused on adoption of technological solutions in industry and was attended by approximately 200 analysts. “Being the first to develop an e-commerce Web site has given Grainger the lead in understanding how bricks and clicks must work together,” Clark told the audience. “Nobody can offer their customers the cost savings, time savings, reliable service and innovative solutions that Grainger can. We believe th... 
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11/14/00Grainger’s Wesley M. Clark to Speak at Baird 2000 Industrial Technology Conference
CHICAGO, November 14, 2000 - Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today announced that Wesley M. Clark, Group President of Grainger, will speak on November 15, 2000, at the Robert W. Baird 2000 Industrial Technology Conference in Chicago. The two-day event will be held on November 14 and 15 at the Four Seasons Hotel and is expected to draw attendance of approximately 200 financial analysts and industry leaders. Mr. Clark’s remarks will focus on the ways technology is expanding value to customers of maintenance, repair and operating supplies and Grainger’s strategy for harnessing the Internet for future growth. Grainger will publish a narrative text of Mr. Clark’s presentation at www.grainger.com on No... 
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11/14/00Grainger’s Wesley M. Clark to Speak at Baird 2000 Industrial Technology Conference
CHICAGO, November 14, 2000 - Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today announced that Wesley M. Clark, Group President of Grainger, will speak on November 15, 2000, at the Robert W. Baird 2000 Industrial Technology Conference in Chicago. The two-day event will be held on November 14 and 15 at the Four Seasons Hotel and is expected to draw attendance of approximately 200 financial analysts and industry leaders. Mr. Clark’s remarks will focus on the ways technology is expanding value to customers of maintenance, repair and operating supplies and Grainger’s strategy for harnessing the Internet for future growth. Grainger will publish a narrative text of Mr. Clark’s presentation at www.grainger.com on Nove... 
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11/09/00Grainger Expands its Reach in the Hard-To-Find MRO Supply Marketplace
CHICAGO – November 9, 2000 -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today announced several new agreements signed by its FindMRO.com business that will significantly expand its presence in the filtration, marine shipping and electrical market segments. FindMRO.com is a leading provider of indirect materials sourcing and procurement solutions of hard-to-find maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies, with more than 5 million products and 100,000 brands provided through its Internet site (www.FindMRO.com). Through these new relationships, FindMRO.com will now be featured in several co-branded sites with eFiltration, a global eHub for filtration products and services; GPS Marine Supply, a provider of ... 
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10/25/00Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, October 25, 2000 – The Board of Directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. today declared a quarterly dividend of $0.17 cents per share payable December 1, 2000 to shareholders of record November 6, 2000. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (GWW), with 1999 sales of $4.5 billion, is the leading North American provider of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies and related information to businesses and institutions. Grainger shares are traded on the New York and Chicago stock exchanges. For more information, visit Grainger online at www.grainger.com. ... 
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10/16/00Grainger Reports EPS of 51 cents for the Third Quarter of 2000
CHICAGO, IL, October 16, 2000 - Grainger today reported that sales grew in the third quarter ended September 30, 2000, by 6 percent to $1.2 billion while net earnings increased by 5 percent to $48.1 million and earnings per diluted share rose from $0.49 to $0.51.  Included in the quarter's results was a $3.2 million pretax gain on the sale of securities, adding $0.02 to earnings per diluted share. Sales for the nine months were $3.7 billion compared to $3.4 billion for the first nine months of 1999.  Net earnings of $145.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2000, were below net earnings of $152.6 million for the same period of last year.  Earnings per ... 
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09/27/00Grainger Brands Its Auction Site As MROverstocks.com
E-auction solution offers discounted inventory for buyers and greater returns on liquidation for suppliers CHICAGO--September 27, 2000 – Grainger, the leading North American provider of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies, today announced that it has branded its auction Web site as MROverstocks.com. The Grainger auction site was introduced in 1999 to test online inventory liquidation of Grainger products. It now covers products in 15 major categories from over 140 brand name suppliers. MROverstocks.com provides business-to-business customers the opportunity to buy discontinued and excess industrial products at deeply discounted prices, and suppliers can realize greater ret... 
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09/27/00Grainger Brands Its Auction Site As MROverstocks.com
E-auction solution offers discounted inventory for buyers and greater returns on liquidation for suppliers CHICAGO--September 27, 2000 – Grainger, the leading North American provider of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies, today announced that it has branded its auction Web site as MROverstocks.com. The Grainger auction site was introduced in 1999 to test online inventory liquidation of Grainger products. It now covers products in 15 major categories from over 140 brand name suppliers. MROverstocks.com provides business-to-business customers the opportunity to buy discontinued and excess industrial products at deeply discounted prices, and suppliers can realize greater ret... 
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09/20/00FindMRO.comSM Offers Strategic Sourcing for Indirect Materials Via Commerce One.netTM
CHICAGO-- September 20, 2000 – FindMRO.com, a Grainger company, today announced that it will provide strategic sourcing to Commerce One® customers who use the portfolio of business services now available on the latest version of Commerce One.net (formerly named MarketSite.net). The integration of FindMRO.com as a strategic sourcing service with Commerce One.net expands choice for buyers and simplifies the sourcing process. FindMRO.com’s team of experienced sourcing specialists have established relationships with more than 12,000 suppliers and utilize FindMRO.com’s database access to five million products to provide the most comprehensive capability for finding indirect materials and ser... 
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09/20/00FindMRO.comSM Offers Strategic Sourcing for Indirect Materials Via Commerce One.netTM
CHICAGO-- September 20, 2000 – FindMRO.com, a Grainger company, today announced that it will provide strategic sourcing to Commerce One® customers who use the portfolio of business services now available on the latest version of Commerce One.net (formerly named MarketSite.net). The integration of FindMRO.com as a strategic sourcing service with Commerce One.net expands choice for buyers and simplifies the sourcing process. FindMRO.com’s team of experienced sourcing specialists have established relationships with more than 12,000 suppliers and utilize FindMRO.com’s database access to five million products to provide the most comprehensive capability for finding indirect materials and ser... 
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09/18/00TotalMRO.com and Motorola to Demo Wireless Technology at Ariba "Live Miami" Conference
CHICAGO—September 18, 2000— TotalMRO.comSM, Grainger’s latest e-Commerce initiative, and Motorola will showcase use of Motorola’s wireless technology at the Ariba “LIVE Miami” 2000 Conference September 17-19. Highlights of the showcase will include use of Motorola’s Internet-enabled phones to access order status information on TotalMRO.com. “Motorola’s wireless devices are ideally suited for the MRO purchasing environment. Through WAP (wireless application protocol) technology, customers can instantly access critical procurement information anywhere within their facility,” said Liz Olig, president of TotalMRO.com. “The Ariba conference offers an excellent opportunity to demonstrate our p... 
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08/08/00TotalMRO.com Incorporates MRO News and Content from Leading Industrial Publisher Putman Media
Addition of Industry News Enhances TotalMRO.com’s Value Proposition as the Destination for Everything MRO CHICAGO—August 8, 2000—TotalMRO.com, Grainger’s new one-stop digital solution for comprehensive maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies and information, today announced that it has incorporated industry news from Putman Media, a leading publisher of MRO information, into its online offering. Under the terms of the agreement, Putman Media will supply TotalMRO.com with informative news and information from its industry-leading publications including Plant Services. The addition of industry content extends TotalMRO.com’s offering beyond robust commerce capabilities. In additi... 
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08/02/00Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, August 2, 2000 – The Board of Directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. today declared a quarterly dividend of $0.17 cents per share payable September 1, 2000 to shareholders of record August 14, 2000. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (GWW), with 1999 sales of $4.5 billion, is the leading North American provider of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies and related information to businesses and institutions. Grainger shares are traded on the New York and Chicago stock exchanges. For more information, visit Grainger online at www.grainger.com . ... 
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08/01/00Grainger Closes Deal with Works.com
CHICAGO--August 1, 2000—Grainger today announced that it has completed the transaction with Works.com, which was announced in June. As part of the agreement, Grainger will combine OrderZone.com, a leading B2B multi-supplier Internet marketplace, with Works.com, a leading online purchasing service, forming one of the industry’s most comprehensive purchasing management services and e-marketplaces of indirect goods for small and mid-sized businesses. In addition, Grainger will also invest $21 million in cash in Works.com and deliver the Works.com purchasing management service and marketplace to Grainger’s 1.4 million small and midsize customers through Grainger.com. For its contributions of... 
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07/18/00Grainger Reports EPS of 59 Cents for the Second Quarter of 2000 including a Gain of 16 Cents a Share
CHICAGO, July 18, 2000 - Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported an increase in sales of 8 percent for the second quarter ended June 30, 2000.  Sales grew to $1.2 billion compared to $1.1 billion reported for the second quarter of 1999. Net earnings were $55.7 million compared to $50.6 million for the prior year quarter, an increase of 10 percent.  Earnings per diluted share were $0.59 versus $0.53 in the second quarter of 1999, up 11 percent. Included in the earnings for the quarter was a gain of $26 million related to the sale of an investment security.  This investment was part of the Company's plans to help fund the development of its digital businesses.  Excluding t... 
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06/20/00Totalmro.Com Announces the Addition of Six New Mro Distributors
TotalMRO.com To Provide Access to More Than 3.5 Million MRO Products CHICAGO -- June 20, 2000 --TotalMRO.com, Grainger’s latest e-Commerce initiative, today announced that Wesco Distribution, a division of WESCO International, Inc., Carlton-Bates Company, Precision Industries, Magid Glove & Safety, Grainger Parts Company, and Gempler’s, Inc. will join other leading suppliers in offering products and services through its one-stop Internet-based maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) solution. These major MRO distributors join the initial ten participants, which include Briggs-Weaver, Cameron and Barkley Company, Lab Safety Supply, Manufacturers Equipment and Supply Company, MetersandIns... 
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06/19/00Grainger’s FindMRO.com and Commerx Form Alliance to Provide Enhanced Sourcing and E-Procurement Solutions to Commerx eMarketplace Users
CHICAGO -- June 19, 2000 - FindMRO.com, a provider of indirect materials sourcing and procurement solutions, and Commerx, a leading developer of collaborative eMarketplace supply chain solutions for industrial markets, today announced an alliance. The agreement provides users of Commerx PlasticsNet and Commerx Metals access to unlimited sourcing services for maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies through FindMRO.com, a Grainger company. This new product sourcing offering was launched earlier this month. “The depth of the sourcing services provided by FindMRO.com, combined with Commerx’s e-procurement, connectivity and logistics solutions, is a big part of our end-to-end collab... 
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06/12/00Grainger’s Orderzone.com and Works.com to Combine
Grainger and Works.com also form strategic partnership Chicago and Austin, Texas-- June 12, 2000 - Grainger (NYSE:GWW) and Works.com today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement to combine Grainger’s OrderZone.com, a leading B2B multi-supplier Internet marketplace, with Works.com, a leading Internet business purchasing service. The combination will provide small and midsize businesses with one of the most advanced online business purchasing services and e-marketplaces for indirect business products. In addition to contributing the OrderZone business and assets, Grainger will invest an additional $21 million in Works.com and deliver the Works.com purchasing service and e... 
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05/18/00Grainger and SK Global Partner on E-Commerce Initiative in Korea
First Korean Internet site for maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies CHICAGO, May 18, 2000-- Grainger International, a subsidiary of W.W. Grainger, Inc., the leading North American provider of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies and information, and SK Global, a member company of the SK Group, a leading petrochemical and telecommunications company in Korea, today announced that they have entered into a joint venture agreement. The joint venture will establish the first Web-based B2B procurement solution for indirect materials in the Korean marketplace. The site is expected to be live by the end of the year. Under the terms of the agreement, Grainger will rece... 
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05/15/00Orderzone.Com Expands To 420,000 Products with Addition of New Partners
CHICAGO--May 15, 2000 –OrderZone.com by Grainger,–Grainger’s OrderZone.com, a leading B2B multi-supplier Internet marketplace, today announced a major expansion of its supplier base with the addition of Fastenal Company and Motion Industries. The addition of these new distributors expands the coverage of OrderZone.com’s product offerings to include threaded fasteners, fastener accessories, bearings and power transmission products. Already one of the largest and most comprehensive B2B one-stop shopping marketplaces, OrderZone.com’s searchable, online database now offers more than 420,000 brand name products needed by small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs). Daniel Hamburger, president of Or... 
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05/12/00Black & Decker Products to Appear on Grainger’s Auction Site
Grainger’s Online Auction Expands to Offer Customers More Brand Name Products CHICAGO--May 15, 2000—Grainger today announced that it will now feature surplus products and discontinued merchandise from Black & Decker and its subsidiary brands on its online auction site at http://auction.grainger.com. Launched in November 1999, Grainger’s auction site—The Industrial Strength Online AuctionSM—offers business?to?business customers the opportunity to place real?time bids on discontinued and surplus industrial products from a variety of categories, including hand and power tools and metalworking products. “We view our participation on Grainger’s auction site as a strategic move that not only... 
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05/12/00Grainger Adds Dewalt to Its Auction Site Roster of Indirect Material Suppliers
Expanded Product Offering Provides Customers Good Deals on Top-Quality Brands CHICAGO--May 15, 2000—Grainger today announced that surplus DeWalt industrial power tools and accessories will now be available on its online auction site at http://auction.grainger.com. Launched in November 1999, Grainger’s auction site—The Industrial Strength Online AuctionSM—offers business-to-business customers an opportunity to place real-time bids on surplus industrial supply products from a variety of categories, including hand and power tools, metal working products, and janitorial supplies. By agreeing to become a Grainger auction site supplier, DeWalt joins a growing roster of top-quality indirect ma... 
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04/26/00Grainger Increases Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, April 26, 2000 - The directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. at their meeting today declared a cash dividend of $0.17 cents per share payable, June 1, 2000 to shareholders of record on May 8, 2000. This represents an increase of 6.3% from the prior quarterly rate of 16 cents per share. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (GWW), with 1999 sales of $4.5 billion, is the leading North American provider of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies, services, and related information to businesses and institutions. GWW shares are traded on the New York and Chicago stock exchanges. For more information, visit Grainger on-line at www.grainger.com . ... 
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04/24/00FindMRO.com and ENI-Net.com Form New Partnership to Provide Improved Sourcing and Ordering Capabilities for Customers
Chicago, IL and Newton, MA – April 24, 2000 - FindMRO.com, a Grainger company, and ENI-Net.com today announced a partnership which offers the environmental industry a comprehensive maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) procurement solution. The new alliance provides businesses product sourcing and procurement capabilities that expedite online proposal requests and ordering. This service offering will be available to ENI-Net.com buyers during the second quarter of 2000. "We continue to make it easier for buyers and suppliers of environmental equipment and products to do business and exchange information electronically on a global scale," said Tully Ryan, vice president and founder of E... 
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04/20/00Grainger Announces New Management Position
CHICAGO, IL – April 20, 2000 - - Grainger today named Tom Condon as vice president of eBusiness sales. Grainger is the leading North American provider of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies and related information to businesses and institutions. Mr. Condon will report to Don Bielinski, group president. In this newly created position, Mr. Condon will lead an enterprise team responsible for sales, implementation, consulting, and marketing Grainger's portfolio of digital solutions. The new eBusiness team will work with customers seeking MRO e-procurement solutions and match their needs with Grainger's breadth of digital solutions or those of its strategic partners. Mr.... 
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04/17/00Grainger Reports EPS of 44 Cents for the First Quarter of 2000
CHICAGO, April 17, 2000 - Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported a sales increase of 10 percent for the first quarter ended March 31, 2000.  Net earnings, however, declined by 27 percent primarily as a result of investments the Company continues to make in its Internet businesses.  Earnings per fully diluted share were also down 27 percent. Sales increased to $1.2 billion for the first quarter of 2000, versus $1.1 billion for the first quarter of 1999.  Net earnings for the quarter were $41.2 million, compared to $56.3 million for the prior year quarter.  Earnings per fully diluted share were $0.44 versus $0.60 in the comparable quarter in 1999. "I am pleased ... 
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04/10/00Grainger Launches Its Latest Ecommerce Initiative – Totalmro.com
TotalMRO.com brings together major distributors and key technology partners to revolutionize Internet-based procurement of MRO products and services. CHICAGO, April 10, 2000 -- Grainger today announced the launch of the first ever totally open one-stop Internet-based maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies solution – TotalMRO.com. For the first time, customers will have real-time access to easily searchable product information, contract pricing, and availability for millions of MRO products and services available through major MRO distributors. TotalMRO.com’s first customer went live on March 31. Customers will access TotalMRO.com through B2B eCommerce platforms including marke... 
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03/23/00Grainger Announces the Election of Two New Company Officers
CHICAGO, IL – March 23, 2000 - - Grainger today announced the election of two new officers: Y.C. Chen, vice president, International Internet Commerce; and Patrick H. Davidson, vice president, Information Services. Grainger is the leading North American provider of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies and related information to businesses and institutions. Mr. Chen will report to Don Bielinski, group president. In this newly created position, Mr. Chen will lead the development of Grainger’s Internet initiatives outside of North America. Mr. Chen brings substantial experience in international business development. Most recently as vice president, Asia Pacific,... 
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03/08/00BFGoodrich and Grainger Enter Enterprise Purchasing Agreement
Chicago, IL and Charlotte, NC – March 8, 2000 – The BFGoodrich Company and Grainger today announced that they have signed a 10-year enterprise agreement that will better enable BFGoodrich to leverage purchasing activities, streamline procurement procedures and significantly reduce materials management costs. Under this agreement, Grainger will provide general industrial hardware products and maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies estimated at $300 million while working with BFGoodrich to achieve an estimated $30 million in process and product cost savings over the 10-year period. “Reducing overall operating costs is a strategic priority in our ongoing efforts to enhance valu... 
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03/06/00Elizabeth Olig to Lead Grainger’s Latest E-Commerce Initiative
CHICAGO, March 6, 2000 – Grainger today announced that it has named Elizabeth Olig president of its latest Internet venture. Olig’s team is engaging major MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Operating) product distributors and other key technology partners to provide customers with more choice in their MRO needs, supporting the newly evolving market exchanges and a wide variety of other electronic procurement solutions. Grainger plans to launch the business in the coming months. “We are taking part in the evolution from individual transactions to a large, one-stop MRO marketplace where many buyers and sellers interact. Our business expansion stems from Grainger’s rich domain expertise in ... 
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02/18/00Corporate Purchasers Looking to MRO Management Consultants
CHICAGO, IL (February 18, 2000)—In their quest to find the most cost-effective solutions for their complex purchasing requirements, many corporate purchasing managers are turning to maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supply management consultants. The fourth annual Survey of MRO Purchasing Decision-Makers by W.W. Grainger, Inc. found that nearly one in five purchasers responsible for managing the MRO function of their business brought in a consultant in the last two years to help them identify ways to improve operating efficiencies. Further, approximately 20 percent of companies with more than one hundred employees plan to bring in an MRO consultant in the next two years. These... 
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02/18/00Use of the Internet for Purchasing Commercial and Industrial Supplies Doubles in 1999
CHICAGO, IL (February 18, 2000)—The fourth annual Survey of MRO Purchasing Decision-Makers by W.W. Grainger, Inc. has revealed that use of the Internet for purchasing maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies has doubled since last year’s survey. In addition, 86 percent of businesses report that they expect to increase their use of the Internet for MRO purchasing in the next two years. These findings are the latest examples of how the Internet is continuing to show dramatic growth in the business-to-business arena. The barriers to growth of the Internet appear to be crumbling. Though this survey again confirmed that access to the Internet is the primary factor limiting onlin... 
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02/18/00Purchasers of Indirect Materials Continue to Rate Availability of Repair Parts as Most Important MRO Supplier Service
CHICAGO, IL (February 18, 2000)—For the second consecutive year, MRO purchasers taking part in the fourth annual Survey of MRO Purchasing Decision-Makers by W.W. Grainger, Inc. consider the availability of repair parts the most important MRO supplier service. Of businesses surveyed, 75 percent consider this service ‘very important’ and 54 percent consider it the single ‘most important’ service an MRO supplier can provide. Other services considered ‘most important’ include low prices on individual products, quick delivery, reduction of total MRO costs, and order and billing accuracy. This year’s survey also found that among other MRO supplier services, three showed a dramatic incre... 
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02/18/00Distributors Need To Maintain Multi-Channel Focus While Improving Internet Capabilities, Survey Says
CHICAGO, IL (February 18, 2000)—The fourth annual Survey of MRO Purchasing Decision-Makers by W.W. Grainger, Inc. has revealed that when it comes to purchasing indirect materials, no one distribution channel will best serve all types of businesses. The ability of distributors to make multiple channels available and to use the Internet as a purchasing vehicle is the key to satisfying the needs of a variety of unique buying preferences. The Internet is undeniably becoming a preferred channel for many companies. This year’s Grainger Survey revealed that use of the Internet to purchase maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies doubled in 1999. Moreover, that figure understates a... 
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02/01/00More Companies Turn to Grainger’s Outsourcing Model of Integrated Supply for Indirect MRO Materials Management
CHICAGO (February 1, 2000)—Reflecting a growing trend among large companies to create operating efficiencies through integrated supply arrangements, Procter & Gamble and SC Johnson have signed multi-year agreements with Grainger Integrated Supply, a division of W.W. Grainger, Inc. Under a new agreement with SC Johnson and an expanded renewal agreement with Procter & Gamble’s Cincinnati-based non-manufacturing division, Grainger Integrated Supply will assume responsibility for on-site management of indirect MRO materials expenditures for the two companies totaling more than $34 million over the life of the contracts. “We’re pleased that these leading manufacturers have decided to... 
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01/31/00Grainger Reports EPS of $0.30 for 1999 Fourth Quarter and $1.92 for Full Year Results
CHICAGO, January 31, 2000 – W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 1999. For the year 1999, earnings per diluted share declined 21 percent to $1.92 versus $2.44 in 1998. Net earnings for 1999 were $180.7 million, down 24 percent compared to $238.5 million for the prior year. Sales increased 4 percent in 1999 to $4,533.9 million versus $4,341.3 million in 1998. For the 1999 fourth quarter, earnings per diluted share were $0.30 versus $0.69 in the fourth quarter of 1998, a 57 percent decline. Fourth quarter net earnings were $28.2 million, compared to $66.0 million in the prior year quarter. Sales increased 7 perce... 
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01/26/00W.W. Grainger, inc. Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, January 26, 2000 - The Board of Directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. today declared a quarterly dividend of 16 cents per share payable March 1, 2000, to shareholders of record February 7, 2000.... 
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01/18/00Grainger Names New Senior Vice President and General Counsel
CHICAGO, IL – January 18, 2000 - - Grainger today named John Howard to the position of Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Grainger is the leading North American provider of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies and related information to businesses and institutions. Following a period of transition, Howard will replace James M. Baisley, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, who will retire later in the year. Howard will report to Richard L. Keyser, Grainger Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He will be responsible for managing the company’s legal obligations on a global basis. Howard brings considerable legal experience to Grainger, having serv... 
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01/14/00Ace Hardware Corporation Reaches a Business Agreement with FindMRO.com by GraingerSM
Chicago, IL – January 14, 2000, -- Ace Hardware Corporation recently reached an agreement with FindMRO.com by Grainger to source product solutions for its 5000 stores nationwide. Each store will have access to over 5 million hard-to-find maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies through Ace Corporation’s ACENET 2000 Intranet site. The sourcing agreement, valued in the multi-millions, will be rolled out over the first quarter in 2000 with all stores on board in time for the Ace Hardware spring convention and exhibit, April 7-10, 2000, in Atlanta, Georgia. “This online connection to FindMRO.com is packed with benefits for the Ace Retailer and Ace Hardware Corporation,” said Paul ... 
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01/10/00Grainger Separates Its Internet Commerce Businesses; Promotes Executives to Run Grainger.com and Orderzone.com
Chicago, January 10, 2000 – As a result of the explosive growth in its Internet Commerce business, W.W. Grainger, Inc. has separated it into three distinct units. James T. Ryan, a nineteen-year veteran of the Company, becomes President of Grainger.com. Daniel Hamburger, previously President of Grainger Internet Commerce, becomes President of OrderZone.com. In addition, the Company has hired Robert S. Wasserman to become Vice President, Grainger Internet Commerce, and to head up the Grainger auction site. Grainger Group President Donald Bielinski said, “After growing at the breakneck pace we did in 1999, it became clear that we needed to separate the businesses to continue to provide foc... 
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01/07/00W.W. Granger, Inc. Expects Lower 1999 Fourth Quarter Earnings
CHICAGO, January 7, 2000 – W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) today announced that its fourth quarter earnings per share could be as much as 45 percent lower than the current First Call consensus estimate of $0.54 when the Company reports its fourth quarter and year-end results later this month. The results reflect a negative fourth quarter adjustment to inventory, which is related to the installation of a new enterprise resource planning system. In addition, the Company experienced higher operating expenses in the quarter. During 1999, the Company installed a new enterprise resource planning system and, as a result of problems with the installation, experienced substantial system... 
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01/04/00Grainger Announces Election Of Two New Officers
Lake Forest, IL (January 4, 2000)—Grainger today announced the election of two new officers: Richard J. Reese, Vice President, Corporate Architecture; and George C. Rimnac, Jr., Vice President & Chief Technologist. Grainger is the leading North American provider of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies and related information to businesses and institutions. In this newly created position, Mr. Reese is responsible for leveraging current and future investments in technology across operating business units within Grainger. Mr. Reese joined the Company in October 1997 as Executive Director, Information Services for emerging businesses. Prior to joining the Company, he served ... 
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12/10/99Grainger Industrial Supply Makes It Easy for Customers To Be Green-
Newly Expanded Recycling Program Keeps Pollutants Out Of Landfills
Lake Forest, IL (December 10, 1999) – Grainger Industrial Supply announced today the availability of its national recycling program for hazardous mercury-bearing fluorescent and high intensity discharge (HID) lamps and batteries. The company is making it easy for its customers to be green through this new program. Grainger Industrial Supply, a division of W.W. Grainger, Inc., is America’s leading commercial lighting distributor. When customers purchase recycling kits, they receive a special approved container, pre-printed instructions, a toll-free number for pickup, and a certificate of reclamation. Using this program, customers can be assured they are providing environmentally sa... 
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12/06/99W.W. Grainger, Inc. Vice Chairman, Jere D. Fluno, to Retire
CHICAGO (December 6, 1999)—W.W. Grainger, Inc. today announced the decision of Jere D. Fluno to retire as the Company’s Vice Chairman, effective July 1, 2000. As Vice Chairman, Mr. Fluno is presently responsible for all of the administrative, financial, human resources, legal, and real estate functions of the Company. He is a member of the Office of the Chairman, the Company’s senior executive group, and has served on its Board of Directors since 1975. Mr. Fluno will continue to serve as a Director of the Company. Grainger Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Keyser said, “Jere has played an important leadership role and has made significant contributions to Graing... 
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11/08/99Grainger.com® Debuts Business-to-Business Online Auctions
CHICAGO, Nov. 8-- W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), the leading provider of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies, today announced that it has begun offering online auctions on its Web site, http://www.grainger.com . Grainger Auction gives customers an opportunity to place real-time bids on surplus MRO products from a variety of categories, including janitorial, metal working and hand tools. Grainger Auction is an early player in the online business-to-business auction market, expected to reach $52.6 billion by 2002, according to Forrester Research. Currently, Grainger lists approximately $5 million in auction inventory. "Online auctions give custome... 
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11/04/99Consorta, Inc. Awards National Agreement to Grainger Industrial Supply
Contract Worth an Estimated $25 Million Over Three Years LAKE FOREST, Ill., Nov. 4-- Consorta, Inc., the sixth largest healthcare group purchasing organization (GPO) in the country, recently signed a committed, sole-source agreement with Grainger Industrial Supply, the leading North American distributor of industrial maintenance, repair and operation (MRO) supplies. The agreement, valued at $25 million in product purchases over the next three years, is effective as of November 1. Grainger Industrial Supply, a division of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), is the recipient of the first, all-inclusive MRO agreement awarded by Consorta since it became operational in July 19... 
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11/03/99Customers Gain Access to More Than Five Million Products with Launch Of FindMRO(SM) by Grainger
Multi-Channel Business Solution Makes Sourcing Unique Industrial Products Easy CHICAGO, Nov. 3-- W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), announced today the launch of FindMRO ( http://www.findmro.com ). FindMRO is a complete business solution that solves the most time consuming indirect materials business problem -- finding the best product solution when a source is unknown to the buyer. This business offers a multi-channel (Internet, phone, or fax) procurement solution, which dramatically reduces the cycle time from identification of a business problem to receipt of the product/service. FindMRO accesses more than five million maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products th... 
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10/27/99W.W. Grainger, Inc. Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Oct. 27-- The Board of Directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) at its meeting today declared a cash dividend of 16 cents per share payable December 1, 1999, to shareholders of record November 8, 1999. ... 
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10/13/99W.W. Grainger, Inc. Reports Earnings Per Share of 49 Cents for 1999 Third Quarter
CHICAGO, Oct. 13-- W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 1999. Sales increased 5 percent to $1,175 million for the third quarter of 1999 versus the third quarter of 1998. Net earnings for the third quarter of 1999 were down 18 percent to $45.8 million, compared to the prior year's quarter. Earnings per fully diluted share were $0.49 versus $0.57 in the comparable quarter in 1998, a 14 percent decline. For the first nine months of 1999, sales increased 4 percent to $3,412 million, compared to the first nine months of 1998. Net earnings were $152.6 million, down 12 percent compared to the first nine mo... 
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09/29/99E-Commerce Procurement Solutions Reward Both Buyers and Sellers
Key Findings From Study Conducted by Grainger Consulting Services LAKE FOREST, Ill., Sept. 29-- The recent development of Internet-based procurement solutions has created efficiencies in the exchange of goods and services between buyers and sellers, according to a recent study conducted by Grainger Consulting Services. Grainger Consulting Services is a division of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), a leader in business-to-business Internet commerce. The results of the study were presented at the SAP Annual North American Customer Conference, SAPPHIRE ® '99. Results show that buyers averaged between 245 and 400 percent return on their investment to acquire... 
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08/31/99Grainger Industrial Supply Celebrates 20 Years in Houston Community
HOUSTON, Aug. 31-- Grainger Industrial Supply is celebrating 20 years of serving area businesses through its Pinemont branch in Houston this month. To mark the occasion, the branch is offering customers complimentary refreshments and special product discounts this week, through Friday, September 3rd. "We think the best way to celebrate our history is to show our customers that we appreciate their business," says Keith Sobolik, Grainger Industrial Supply branch manager. "We take our longevity as a sign that we've made a positive contribution to the success of Houston's business community, and we look forward to continuing to serve our customers and building on the ... 
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08/17/99Acklands-Grainger Announces New Chairman And President
TORONTO, Aug. 17-- Acklands - Grainger, Inc. announced today two changes in senior leadership. Current president Douglas G. Cumming has been named chairman. Douglas J. Harrison will join the company in the capacity of president. Harrison's most recent position was Vice President and Managing Director, Canada and Europe, Ryder Integrated Logistics. Acklands - Grainger is Canada's largest distributor of industrial, fleet, and safety supplies. Cumming joined Acklands, Ltd. in 1956 and has served as President of Acklands - Grainger, Inc. since 1997. In his new role he will focus on sales growth and new business initiatives. Reporting to Cumming will be Douglas J. Ha... 
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08/16/99Grainger® Partners with Intelisys to Streamline Internet Procurement Businesses Use Net for Faster, Cheaper, Paperless Purchasing
CHICAGO, Aug. 16-- W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) today announced a strategic alliance agreement with Intelisys Electronic Commerce, LLC. As part of this agreement, Grainger is integrating its online catalog of more than 210,000 products into the Intelisys i-Procurement solution. Grainger is the leading provider of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies, services, and information. Intelisys is a global leader in Internet procurement solutions. The alliance will enable buyers to benefit from an automated purchasing process that is faster, cheaper, and paperless. "This partnership joins Grainger's leading business-to-business Internet and logistic solutions with Inteli... 
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08/11/99Two Grainger Web Sites Ranked in Top 200 B2B Sites: OrderZone.com(SM) Ranks No. 3 Grainger.com Ranks in Top 50
CHICAGO, Aug. 11-- W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) continues to demonstrate its leadership in electronic commerce with both OrderZone.com and Grainger.com ranked among the top business-to-business Web sites, according to Advertising Age's Net Marketing magazine. OrderZone.com makes its debut as the No. 3-ranked site; Grainger.com continues for the third year in the top 50. "We're excited to receive this recognition," said Donald Bielinski, group president, Grainger. "Since the inception of the award, only two companies, Grainger and Cisco, have managed to maintain a site in the top 10 every year." OrderZone.com is a unique Web site offering one-stop purchas... 
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08/09/99Grainger Announces Addition of Two New Management Positions
CHICAGO, Aug. 9-- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today announced the election of two new officers: Edward J. Franczek, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Nancy A. Hobor, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations. Grainger is the leading North American provider of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies and related information to businesses and institutions. Mr. Franczek will report to Wes Clark, Group President. In this newly created position, Mr. Franczek will be head of marketing for Grainger Industrial Supply's expanding branch-based business. Mr. Franczek brings substantial consumer and business-to-business marketing experience to Grainger as a result of h... 
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08/04/99W.W. Grainger, Inc. Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Aug. 4-- The directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) at their meeting today declared a cash dividend of 16 cents per share payable September 1, 1999, to shareholders of record August 16, 1999. ... 
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07/15/99W.W. Grainger, Inc. Reports 1999 Second Quarter and First Half Results
CHICAGO, July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), the leading provider of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies in North America, today reported results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 1999. Sales increased 2.4 percent to $1,146.2 million for the second quarter of 1999 versus $1,119.0 million for the second quarter of 1998. Net earnings for the second quarter of 1999 were down 14.7 percent to $50.6 million, compared to $59.3 million for the prior year quarter. Earnings per fully diluted share were $0.53 versus $0.60 in the comparable quarter in 1998, an 11.7 percent decline. For the 1999 first half, sales... 
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06/08/99General Services Administration Awards National Contract to Grainger Industrial Supply
Federal Government Now Has One-Stop Shopping Option for MRO Supplies CHICAGO, June 8 -- The General Services Administration (GSA), one of three central management agencies in the Federal Government, recently awarded a five-year, multiple award schedule contract to Grainger Industrial Supply, a division of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW). Grainger Industrial Supply is the leading North American distributor of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies and services to businesses and institutions. Grainger Industrial Supply is the recipient of one of the first GSA multiple award schedule contracts for a general distributor. As such, this contract will provide government age... 
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06/07/99Grainger® Launches OrderZone.com(SM)
New Site Offers One-Stop Procurement Solution for Businesses CHICAGO, June 7 -- W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), the leading North American distributor of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies, today announced that OrderZone.com ( http://www.orderzone.com ), a Web site offering businesses a simplified, one-stop source to purchase a wide variety of products and services across multiple suppliers, is open for business-to-business e-commerce. The site offers an array of products from cleaning supplies to office equipment to electronic components. OrderZone.com is aimed at businesses with a wide-variety of purchasing needs. The service looks, feels and acts ... 
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05/19/99More Companies Outsourcing Indirect MRO Materials Management
Universal Studios, Wyman-Gordon, Emerson Electric, and Cryovac Reach Agreements With Grainger Integrated Supply CHICAGO, May 19 -- Universal Studios, Wyman-Gordon Company, Emerson Electric Company's Appliance Motors division, and Cryovac, a division of Sealed Air Corporation, are the latest examples of companies that recognize value in outsourcing indirect MRO materials management. All have recently signed agreements with Grainger Integrated Supply, a division of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading business-to-business provider of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies, services, and information. Under agreements with each company, Grainger ... 
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05/11/99Grainger and Commerce One Join Forces to Provide Advanced Internet Procurement Solutions to Customers
Trading Network Collaboration Speeds Online Catalog Delivery To E-Commerce Customers CHICAGO, and WALNUT CREEK, Calif., May 11 -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading provider of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies in North America and Commerce One, Inc., a global leader in enterprise procurement solutions, have announced they will align forces to provide customers with access to Grainger's industry-leading catalog of MRO supplies. Extending its strong commitment to Internet commerce, Grainger also participated in Commerce One's recent round of private funding. Grainger will occupy a premier position within Commerce One's procurement solutions BuySite 5.0... 
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05/10/99Grainger® and Ariba® Combine Strengths To Expand Electronic Procurement Access
Internet Commerce Collaboration Brings Buyers and Sellers Together CHICAGO and SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 10 -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading provider of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies in North America, and Ariba, Inc., a leading provider of intranet-and Internet-based business-to-business e-commerce solutions for operating resources, have formed an alliance to deliver expanded Internet commerce access to buyers and suppliers worldwide. As part of the alliance, Grainger has joined the Ariba Supplier Link(TM) (ASL) program and will make its product information available to Ariba customers via Ariba.com Network(TM). Grainger and Ariba also announced that the tw... 
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04/28/99Grainger® Announces Online Sales
CHICAGO, April 28 -- W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), announced today that sales through its Web site, Grainger.com(TM), have achieved an annualized run rate of $70 million. Grainger.com achieved sales of $10.1 million for first quarter 1999, a 339 percent increase over the first quarter 1998. In April 1999, sales exceeded the $13.5 million recorded to the entire year of 1998. Grainger's Chairman and CEO, Richard L. Keyser released Internet sales figures at Grainger's Shareholders' Meeting today. Grainger.com offers more than 210,000 maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies online. To date, Grainger has invested more than $25 million in electronic commerce. "Grainger... 
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04/28/99W.W. Grainger, Inc. Shareholders Elect Directors -- Other Meeting Highlights
CHICAGO, April 28 -- At the annual meeting held today, shareholders elected 12 nominees to the Board of Directors, 10 of whom served the previous year and 2 who are new. The directors who served previously are: George R. Baker Corporate Director/Advisor Jere D. Fluno Vice Chairman W.W. Grainger, Inc. Wilbur H. Gantz Chairman and Chief Executive Officer PathoGenesis Corporation David W. Grainger Senior Chairman of the Board W.W. Grainger, Inc. Richard L. Keyser Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer W.W.Grainger, Inc. John W. McCarter, Jr. President and Chief Executive Officer ... 
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04/28/99W.W. Grainger, Inc. Elects Two New Directors
CHICAGO, April 28 -- At a meeting held today, the Board of Directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) elected Brian P. Anderson and Neil S. Novich as directors of the Company. This action brings the total number of Company directors to twelve. Anderson is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Baxter International, Inc., a global medical products and services company that focuses on critical therapies for life-threatening conditions. He has previously served Baxter as Corporate Vice President, Finance; Corporate Controller, and Vice President, Corporate Audit. Before joining Baxter, he worked for 16 years at Deloitte & Touche where he was a partner. Novich is C... 
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04/28/99Grainger Alliance With SAP AG Offers One-Stop Solution for Electronic Materials Procurement
Direct Electronic Catalog Access Allows Seamless Interface Between Buyers and Suppliers WALLDORF, Germany and CHICAGO, April 28 -- Extending their commitment to digital commerce, Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading provider of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies in North America, and SAP AG (NYSE: SAP), the world's leading provider of enterprise business solutions, have announced they have formed an alliance. Grainger is integrating its online catalog into the SAP(TM) Business-to-Business Procurement(TM) solution (SAP B2B(TM)) providing direct access to Grainger products and product information through one standardized Internet procu... 
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04/28/99W.W. Grainger, Inc. Increases Quarterly Dividend; Renews Shareholder Rights Plan
CHICAGO, April 28 -- The directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) at their meeting today declared a cash dividend of 16 cents per share payable June 1, 1999 to shareholders of record on May 10, 1999. This represents an increase of 6.7% from the prior quarterly rate of 15 cents per share. Also at the meeting, the directors approved a shareholder rights plan to replace the 1989 shareholder rights plan which will expire on May 15, 1999. The new plan, as its predecessor, is designed to help ensure that all Grainger shareholders receive fair treatment in the event of an unsolicited attempt to gain control of Grainger, and to help discourage certai... 
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04/21/99Grainger Alliance With PSDI Expands Customer Internet Access
Electronic Procurement Technology Offers Business-to-Business Customers New Ordering Efficiencies CHICAGO, April 21 -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) has announced a strategic alliance with PSDI (Nasdaq: PSDI), a leading provider of enterprise asset maintenance (EAM) systems, and MRO.com, PSDI's new Internet commerce subsidiary. The alliance will give joint customers the ability to source Grainger products from PSDI's MAXIMO product as well as through MRO.com's Web-based procurement software. As part of the alliance, Grainger made a strategic investment in PSDI representing an equity interest of approximately 4% and an option to acquire a 5% equity interest in PSDI's subsidiary MRO.com, ... 
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04/13/99W.W. Grainger, Inc. Reports 1999 First Quarter Results
CHICAGO, April 13 -- W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 1999. Sales increased 3.2 percent to $1,091 million for the first quarter of 1999, versus $1,057 million for the first quarter of 1998. Net earnings for first quarter 1999 were $56.3 million, compared to $57.2 million for the prior year quarter. Earnings per fully diluted share increased 3.4% to $0.60 versus $0.58 in the comparable quarter in 1998. "Our record sales results were achieved despite difficult economic conditions in the markets we serve. Reflecting the underlying strength of our business and our leadership advantages, we overcame weakness in th... 
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04/06/99Grainger®/Netscape Agreement Provides Complete Online Access to Business Essentials
CHICAGO, April 6 -- Grainger and Netscape Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: NSCP) have signed an agreement that gives Grainger's Web sites, Grainger.com(SM) and OrderZone.com,(SM) an even greater presence on the world wide web through Netscape's Netcenter, one of the leading Internet portal sites. This agreement represents yet another way for new and existing Grainger customers to access Grainger's e-commerce Web sites to order essential business products. Customers can order over 200,000 maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies online at Grainger.com. Small business customers will now be able to access Grainger.com on The Netscape Small Business Channel on Netc... 
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02/09/99One Stop, One Site, One Solution - OrderZone.com; New Internet Site for Business Purchasers Streamlines Supply Chain
CHICAGO, Feb. 9 -- In an unprecedented venture, W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) announced today that it has brought six industry leaders together to create a one-stop, on-line business-to-business service for the procurement of a wide variety of products and services. OrderZone.com (http://www.OrderZone.com) is a powerful, easy, and convenient solution for businesses looking to streamline their procurement process. Any business, regardless of size, will find OrderZone.com a better way to purchase business supplies and services. Currently in pilot with selected customers, OrderZone.com is expected to open for business in the second quarter of 1999. The participating comp... 
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02/03/99W.W. Grainger, Inc. Reports Record Results
1998 Earnings Per Share Increases 7.5% CHICAGO, Feb. 3 -- W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) today reported record results for the fourth quarter and year ended Dec. 31, 1998. For the year 1998, earnings per fully diluted share increased 7.5 percent to $2.44 versus $2.27 in 1997. Net earnings for 1998 were $238.5 million, compared to $231.8 million for the prior year. Sales increased 4.9 percent in 1998 to $4,341.3 million versus $4,136.6 million in 1997. For the 1998 fourth quarter, earnings per fully diluted share increased 9.5 percent to $0.69 versus $0.63 in the fourth quarter of 1997. Fourth quarter net earnings were $66.0 million, compared to $63.2 million in the prio... 
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01/27/99W.W. Grainger, Inc. Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Jan. 27 -- The directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. today declared a quarterly dividend of 15 cents per share payable March 1, 1999 to shareholders of record February 8, 1999. ... 
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01/11/99For the Second Year, Grainger Earns Place Among '100 Best Companies to Work For in America'
Lincolnshire-based Supplier is One of Two Illinois Companies Ranked on 1999 List CHICAGO, Jan. 11 -- For the second consecutive year, W.W.Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) has earned a place on the list of "The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America." The annual list was published this month in a special issue of Fortune magazine. Grainger, the leading distributor of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies in North America, improved its ranking on the list to 83 from 92 in spite of added competition. This year's list was compiled from 206 companies invited to participate, up from 163 last year. Grainger was the only Illinois firm to merit a repeat spot on the ... 
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