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Grainger 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



+9% in local currency


Other Businesses

(Primarily Asia, Europe and Latin America)

+12% in local currencies



Please visit to access a recorded message with additional details about April 2013 sales.  Grainger is scheduled to report May sales results on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. EDT.

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

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.

SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Media, Grainger Media Relations Hotline, 847-535-5678 or Joseph Micucci, Director, Media Relations, O: 847-535-0879, M: 847-830-5328, or Investors, Laura Brown, Senior Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, O: 847-535-0409, M: 847-804-1383 or William Chapman, Senior Director, Investor Relations, O: 847-535-0881, M: 847-456-8647