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Grainger 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. 2010

United States          +9%



Canada                 +16%

+16% in local currency



Other Businesses       +110%









Please visit www.grainger.com/investor to access a recorded message with additional details about October 2011 sales.  Grainger is scheduled to report November sales on Monday, December 12, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. EST.

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.