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Grainger Reports February 2012 Sales Results

CHICAGO, March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of February 2012.  Daily sales increased 18 percent versus February 2011.  Results for the month included a 5 percentage point contribution from acquisitions.  Excluding acquisitions, organic sales increased 13 percent, including 12 percentage points from volume and 3 percentage points from price, partially offset by a 2 percentage point decline from lower sales of seasonal products.  February 2012 had 21 selling days, one more than February 2011.  The 2012 first quarter will have the same number of selling days as the 2011 first quarter (64 days).

February Daily Sales by Segment

2012 v. 2011

United States

 

+12%

Canada

+14% in local currency

 

+13%

Other Businesses

+28% excluding acquisitions

 

+100%

 

Please visit www.grainger.com/investor to access a recorded message with additional details about February 2012 sales.  Grainger is scheduled to report first quarter earnings on Tuesday, April 17, 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 www.grainger.com/investor.

SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc.

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