Grainger Reports January 2012 Sales Results

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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).

January Sales by Segment

2012 v. 2011

United States




+19% in local currency



Other Businesses

+27% excluding acquisitions




Please visit to access a recorded message with additional details about January 2012 sales.  Grainger is scheduled to report February sales on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. EDT.

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 an expanding global presence.  For more information about the company, visit


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