Grainger Reports November 2012 Sales Results

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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

United States



+8% in local currency


Other Businesses

(Asia, Europe, and Latin America)



Please visit to access a recorded message with additional details about November 2012 sales.  Grainger is scheduled to report fourth quarter 2012 earnings on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. EST.

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

Forward-Looking Statements
This document contains forward-looking statements under the federal securities law.  Forward-looking statements relate to the company's expected future financial results and business plans, strategies and objectives and are not historical facts.  They are generally identified by qualifiers such as "forecasting" or similar expressions. There are risks and uncertainties, the outcome of which could cause the company's results to differ materially from what is projected.  The forward-looking statements should be read in conjunction with the company's most recent annual report, as well as the company's Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and other reports filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, containing a discussion of the company's business and various factors that may affect it.

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