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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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