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11/28/16Grainger To Present At Credit Suisse 4th Annual Industrials Conference
CHICAGO, Nov. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- DG Macpherson, Chief Executive Officer, will present at the Credit Suisse 4th Annual Industrials Conference in Palm Beach, FL, on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.  The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. EST, will be available for 30 days at www.grainger.com/investor.  The presentation slides will be posted in the News and Events section of Grainger's Investor Relations website.  About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2015 sales of $10 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products (MRO), with operations also in Europe, Asia and Latin America.   To view the original versio... 
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11/11/16Grainger Reports October 2016 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Nov. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of October 2016.  Company daily sales were flat in October of 2016 versus October of 2015, driven by a 1 percentage point increase in volume offset by a 1 percent decline in price.  The month of October 2016 had 21 selling days, one fewer than the previous year.  The 2016 fourth quarter will have 63 selling days, one fewer than the 2015 fourth quarter.    October Daily Sales by Segment 2016 v. 2015 United States -1% Canada -13% in local currency -15% Oth... 
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11/11/16Grainger Provides Outlook At Analyst Meeting
Reiterates 2016 guidance and issues 2017 EPS guidance of $11.30 to $12.40 CHICAGO, Nov. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products (MRO) serving businesses and institutions, today held its Annual Analyst Meeting in Lake Forest, Illinois. DG Macpherson, Grainger Chief Executive Officer, hosted the event.  The meeting also included presentations from other Grainger leaders. "Over the past several years, we have invested to position our business for long-term success and meet the evolving needs of our customers," said Chief Executive Officer DG Macpherson.  He added, "We are leveraging these investments to p... 
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11/07/16Grainger To Host Annual Analyst Meeting
CHICAGO, November 7, 2016 – Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products (MRO) serving businesses and institutions, will host its Annual Analyst Meeting on Friday, November 11th, 2016, in Lake Forest, Illinois. Chief Executive Officer, D.G. Macpherson will host the event. The meeting will also include presentations from the following leaders: Deb Oler, Vice President & President, Large Customer & Direct Sales Elizabeth Ubell, Vice President & President, Medium Customers, Marketing & eCommerce Paige Robbins, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Branch Network, Contact Centers & Corporate Strate... 
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10/26/16Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Oct. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) today declared a cash dividend of $1.22 per share payable on December 1, 2016, to shareholders of record on November 14, 2016. W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2015 sales of $10 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products (MRO), with operations also in Europe, Asia and Latin America.   To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/grainger-declares-quarterly-dividend-300351669.html SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc. Media: Joseph Micucci, Director, Exernal Relations, O: 847-535-0879, M: 847-83... 
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10/18/16Grainger Reports Results For The 2016 Third Quarter
Updates 2016 Guidance Quarterly Summary - Sales of $2.6 billion, up 3 percent - Reported EPS of $3.05, up 4 percent - Adjusted EPS of $3.06, up 1 percent CHICAGO, Oct. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the 2016 third quarter ended September 30, 2016.  Sales of $2.6 billion increased 3 percent versus $2.5 billion in the third quarter of 2015.  There were 64 selling days in the 2016 third quarter, the same as the 2015 third quarter.  Net earnings for the quarter of $186 million were down 3 percent versus $192 million in 2015.  Earnings per share of $3.05 increased 4 percent versus $2.92 in 2015.  Third quarter results contained the foll... 
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09/13/16Grainger Reports August 2016 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Sept. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of August 2016.  Company daily sales increased 4 percent in August of 2016 versus August of 2015. The sales growth included a 3 percentage point contribution from Cromwell Group (Holdings) Limited, acquired September 1, 2015, and a 1 percentage point increase from favorable foreign exchange. Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic sales were flat consisting of a 1 percentage point contribution from sales of seasonal products offset by a 1 percentage point decline in price.  The month of August 2016 had 23 selling days, two more than the previous year. The 2016 third quarter wi... 
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09/07/16Grainger To Present At 4th Annual Morgan Stanley Conference
CHICAGO, Sept. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, today announced that D.G. Macpherson, Chief Operating Officer and incoming Chief Executive Officer, will present at the 4th Annual Morgan Stanley Conference in Laguna Beach, CA on September 15, 2016 at 9:55 a.m. PDT. Interested parties can access the live audio webcast of the presentation at Grainger's Investor Relations website, www.grainger.com/investor.  The event will be available for 30 days, and the presentation slides will be posted in the News and Events, Presentations and Webcasts section of Grainger's Inve... 
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08/24/16Grainger Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of its Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship Program by Offering Special Grants
Community College Partners with Most Scholarship Recipients Receive Grants CHICAGO, Aug. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today announced it awarded special one-time grants to the six community colleges most active in the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship program.  Grant awards were based on the top three community colleges with the most students earning Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarships overall during the last 10 years, and the top three community colleges with the most veterans earning Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarships. "Congratul... 
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08/11/16Grainger Reports July 2016 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Aug. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of July 2016.  Company daily sales increased 3 percent in July of 2016 versus July of 2015.  The sales growth included a 4 percentage point contribution from Cromwell Group (Holdings) Limited, acquired September 1, 2015.  Excluding acquisitions, organic daily sales were down 1 percent, driven by a 1 percentage point decline in price and flat volume.  The month of July 2016 had 20 selling days, two fewer than the previous year.  The 2016 third quarter will have 64 selling days, the same as the 2015 third quarter.    July Sales by Segment 2016 v. 2015 United ... 
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08/08/16Grainger Announces Next Step In CEO Succession Process
DG Macpherson Becomes Fifth CEO In Company History Jim Ryan To Continue As Chairman Of The Board CHICAGO, Aug. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Jim Ryan, Chairman, President and CEO of Grainger (NYSE:GWW), today announced that the Board of Directors approved his nomination of DG Macpherson, currently Chief Operating Officer, to become Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors effective October 1, 2016.  This is the penultimate step in the multiyear succession process and will conclude with Macpherson taking on the Chairman role upon Ryan's retirement.  Macpherson became COO in 2015 as part of the CEO succession process and as such, no replacement COO will be named.  Ryan's ... 
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07/27/16Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, July 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) today declared a cash dividend of $1.22 per share payable on September 1, 2016, to shareholders of record on August 8, 2016. W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2015 sales of $10 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with operations also in Europe, Asia and Latin America.   To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/grainger-declares-quarterly-dividend-300304816.html SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc. Media: Joseph Micucci, Director, Exernal Relations, O: 847-535-0879, M: 847-830-5328;... 
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07/19/16Grainger Reports Results For The 2016 Second Quarter
Revises 2016 Sales and EPS Guidance Quarterly Summary - Sales of $2.6 billion, up 2 percent - Reported EPS of $2.79, down 14 percent - Adjusted EPS of $2.89, down 12 percent CHICAGO, July 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the 2016 second quarter ended June 30, 2016.  Sales of $2.6 billion increased 2 percent versus $2.5 billion in the second quarter of 2015.  There were 64 selling days in the 2016 second quarter, the same as the 2015 second quarter.  Net earnings for the quarter of $173 million were down 22 percent versus $221 million in 2015.  Earnings per share of $2.79 declined 14 percent versus $3.25 in 2015.  Second quarter resul... 
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06/13/16Grainger Reports May 2016 Sales Results
CHICAGO, June 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported daily sales results for the month of May 2016.  Company daily sales increased 1 percent in May of 2016 versus May of 2015.  The sales growth included a 4 percentage point contribution from Cromwell Group (Holdings) Limited, acquired September 1, 2015.  Excluding acquisitions, organic daily sales were down 3 percent, driven by a 1 percentage point decrease in volume, a 1 percentage point decline in price, and a 1 percentage point negative impact from the wildfires in Alberta.  The month of May 2016 had 21 selling days, one more than the previous year.  The 2016 second quarter will have 64 selling days, the same as the ... 
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05/12/16Grainger Reports April 2016 Sales Results
CHICAGO, May 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported daily sales results for the month of April 2016.  Company daily sales increased 4 percent in April of 2016 versus April of 2015.  The sales growth included a 4 percentage point contribution from Cromwell Group (Holdings) Limited, acquired September 1, 2015.  Excluding acquisitions, organic daily sales were flat driven by a 1 percentage point increase in volume and a 1 percentage point benefit from the timing of the Easter holiday, offset by a 2 percentage point decline in price.  The month of April 2016 had 21 selling days, one fewer than the previous year.  The 2016 second quarter will have 64 selling days, the same a... 
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04/27/16Grainger's Shareholders Elect 10 Directors And Other Meeting Highlights
CHICAGO, April 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- At the Grainger (NYSE: GWW) annual shareholder meeting held in Lake Forest, Illinois, today, Grainger Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Ryan and Chief Operating Officer DG Macpherson provided an update on the state of the business and offered a recap of 2015 full year and 2016 first quarter performance.  A copy of the speech is available at www.grainger.com/investor. Shareholders re-elected the following directors:   Rodney C. Adkins Michael J. Roberts Brian P. Anderson Gary L. Rogers V. Ann Hailey James T. Ryan Stuart L. Levenick E. Scott Santi ... 
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04/27/16Grainger Increases Quarterly Dividend By 4.3 Percent
CHICAGO, April 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) announced today that its board of directors voted to raise the quarterly cash dividend by 4.3 percent to $1.22 per share payable on June 1, 2016, to shareholders of record on May 9, 2016. Grainger has delivered 45 consecutive years of increased dividends. "Consistently increasing the dividend demonstrates our commitment to shareholder value. At the same time, we will continue to invest in the business to drive long term results," said Grainger Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Ryan. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2015 sales of $10 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier... 
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04/18/16Grainger To Present At Upcoming Investor Conferences
CHICAGO, April 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, today announced plans to participate in the following investor conferences during the 2016 second quarter. May 18, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. EDT, Jim Ryan, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ron Jadin, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and D.G. Macpherson, Chief Operating Officer, will present at the Electrical Products Group Conference in Longboat Key, FL. June 8, 2016 at 9:40 a.m. EDT, Ron Jadin will present at the Robert W. Baird Global Business Services Conference in New York, N... 
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04/18/16Grainger Reports Results For The 2016 First Quarter
Narrows 2016 Sales and EPS Guidance Quarterly Summary - Sales of $2.5 billion, up 3 percent - Reported EPS of $2.98, down 3 percent - Adjusted EPS of $3.18, up 3 percent CHICAGO, April 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the 2016 first quarter ended March 31, 2016.  Sales of $2.5 billion increased 3 percent versus $2.4 billion in the first quarter of 2015.  There were 64 selling days in the 2016 first quarter, one more than the 2015 first quarter.  On a daily basis, sales in the quarter increased 1 percent versus the prior year. Net earnings for the quarter of $187 million were down 12 percent versus $211 million in 2015.  Earnings per shar... 
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03/23/16Grainger Earns Top Spot in Category of Wholesalers: Diversified on the FORTUNE List of World's Most Admired Companies
This Marks the Third Consecutive Year Grainger Achieved the Top Ranking CHICAGO, March 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today announced it earned the number one ranking on FORTUNE magazine's 2016 List of World's Most Admired Companies in the category of Wholesalers: Diversified. This marks the third consecutive year Grainger attained the top spot in this category. "Grainger is proud to earn the top spot in our category as a Most Admired Company for the third year in a row," said Grainger's Chairman, President and CEO, Jim Ryan. "We are an industry leade... 
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03/11/16Grainger Reports February 2016 Sales Results
CHICAGO, March 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported daily sales results for the month of February 2016.  Company daily sales increased 1 percent in February of 2016 versus February of 2015.  The sales growth included a 4 percentage point contribution from Cromwell Group (Holdings) Limited, acquired September 1, 2015, and a 1 percentage point reduction from foreign exchange.  Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic daily sales declined 2 percent driven by a 2 percentage point decline from lower sales of seasonal products, a 2 percentage point decline in price, a 1 percentage point decline from lower sales of Ebola products and a 1 percentage point decline ... 
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02/17/16Ten Directors Slated For Grainger's Board To Be Voted On At The Company's Annual Meeting On April 27, 2016
CHICAGO, Feb. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) today selected a slate of nominees to serve for the 2016-2017 period. The ten candidates, all current board members, to be voted on at the 2016 annual meeting of shareholders are: Rodney C. Adkins Brian P. Anderson V. Ann Hailey Stuart L. Levenick Neil S. Novich Michael J. Roberts Gary L. Rogers James T. Ryan E. Scott Santi James D. Slavik William K. Hall will not stand for re-election in accordance with the Company's Criteria for Membership on the Board of Directors, which provide that an outside director generally will not be nominated after the age of 72. Mr. Hall has been... 
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02/12/16Grainger To Present At Upcoming Investor Conferences
CHICAGO, Feb. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, today announced that it plans to participate at the following investor conferences during the 2016 first quarter. February 18, 2016 at 11:35 a.m. EST, Ron Jadin, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, will present at the Barclays Industrial Select Conference in Miami Beach, FL. March 8, 2016 at 1:40 p.m. EST, D.G. Macpherson, Chief Operating Officer, will present at the Raymond James 37th Annual Institutional Investors Conference in Orlando, FL. Interested parties can access the live audio webcas... 
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02/11/16Grainger Reports January 2016 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Feb. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported daily sales results for the month of January 2016.  Company daily sales increased 4 percent in January of 2016 versus January of 2015.  The sales growth included a 4 percentage point contribution from Cromwell Group (Holdings) Limited, acquired September 1, 2015, and a 2 percentage point reduction from foreign exchange.  Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic daily sales grew 2 percent driven by a 3 percentage point increase in volume and a 2 percentage point benefit from holiday timing, partially offset by a 2 percentage point decline in price and a 1 percentage point decline from sales of Ebola related... 
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02/09/16Schools Have a New Solution for Purchasing Maintenance Products and Managing Workflow
Grainger and SchoolDude Introduce a Cloud-Based Tool That Increases Ease of Purchase and Decreases Paperwork CHICAGO, Feb. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) and SchoolDude today announced the Click2BuySM solution, a new and efficient way to help educational institutions better manage workflow when purchasing products used to maintain, repair and operate their facilities.  The Click2Buy solution is cloud-based and helps customers in the education industry automate the purchase process, from request to procurement to payment to closeout.  In addition, Click2Buy is designed to work across multiple departments without affecting each group's required workflows. "Customers at... 
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02/08/16The 2016 #GraingerShow Provides Customers with Solutions and Products to Help Increase Productivity and Stay Safe
More Than 700 Suppliers Exhibiting on Grainger's Largest Show Floor to Date ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today welcomes attendees to its annual Grainger Show in Orlando, Fla.  Scheduled through February 10, this industry leading event brings together many customers, suppliers and Grainger team members from across the country. "This show is the perfect way for us to demonstrate how Grainger is uniquely positioned to serve large businesses and institutions," said Deb Oler, President of Large Customer and Latin American Business with... 
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01/27/16Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Jan. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. declared a cash dividend of $1.17 per share payable on March 1, 2016, to shareholders of record on February 8, 2016. W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2015 sales of $10 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with operations also in Europe, Asia and Latin America.   To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/grainger-declares-quarterly-dividend-300210584.html SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc. Media: Joseph Micucci, Director, Media Relations, O: 847-535-0879, M: 847-830-5328; or Grainger Media Rela... 
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01/26/16Grainger Reports Results For Year Ended December 31, 2015
Reports Fourth Quarter EPS of $2.30; $2.49 Adjusted Reiterates 2016 Sales and EPS Guidance 2015 Highlights - Sales of $10 billion - EPS of $11.58, up 1 percent - Cash flow from operations of $1.0 billion - Share repurchases of $1.4 billion - Cash returned to shareholders of $1.7 billion CHICAGO, Jan. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the year ended December 31, 2015.  Sales of $10 billion were flat versus 2014.  Reported net earnings of $769 million decreased 4 percent versus $802 million in 2014.  Reported earnings per share of $11.58 increased 1 percent versus $11.45 in 2014.  The years 2015 and 2014 included the following rest... 
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