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12/26/12Grainger Settles Government Contract Dispute
CHICAGO, Dec. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today announced it has settled its long-standing contract dispute with the federal government. As announced October 16, the discrepancy centered on disclosure language in the General Services Administration (GSA) and United States Postal Service (USPS) contracts, which were implemented more than 10 years ago. Grainger maintains it complied with the disclosure requirements and the contracts in all material respects, and t... 
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12/17/12Grainger Announces Intent To Acquire Techni-Tool, Inc.
CHICAGO, Dec. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, today announced its intent to acquire Techni-Tool, Inc., and its affiliate Wassco Inc., leading specialist distributors serving manufacturing customers with 2011 sales of $88 million.  Grainger expects the transaction to close by December 31, 2012, subject to standard conditions, and be neutral to 2013 earnings per share... 
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12/12/12Grainger Reports November 2012 Sales Results
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 t... 
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11/14/12Grainger Provides Outlook At Analyst Meeting
Narrows 2012 EPS Guidance of $10.55 to $10.75* Issues 2013 EPS Guidance of $10.85 to $12.00 CHICAGO, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today held its Annual Analyst Meeting in Lake Forest, Illinois.  Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Ryan hosted the event.  The meeting also included presentations from other Grainger leaders. "Grain... 
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11/12/12Grainger To Host Annual Analyst Meeting
CHICAGO, Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, will host its Annual Analyst Meeting on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012, in Lake Forest, Illinois.  Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Ryan will host the event.  The meeting will also include presentations from the following leaders: DG Macpherson, Senior Vice President and President, Global Supply ... 
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11/12/12Grainger Reports October 2012 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of October 2012.  Daily sales increased 6 percent versus October 2011, and included 4 percentage points from price, 1 percentage point from volume and 1 percentage point from sales of hurricane-related products.  The month of October 2012 had 23 selling days versus 21 selling days in October 2011.  While the 2012 fourth quarter will have one extra selling day versus the 2011 fourth quarter (6... 
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10/31/12Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. today declared a cash dividend of 80 cents per share payable on December 1, 2012, to shareholders of record on November 12, 2012. 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 www.grainger.com/investor. SOURCE W.W. Grainger, I... 
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10/16/12Grainger Reports 2012 Third Quarter Results
Sales Up 10 Percent on a Daily Basis Company Reaffirms 2012 Earnings Per Share Guidance of $10.50 to $10.80* and Now Expects 2012 Sales Growth of 11 to 12 Percent Quarterly Highlights - Sales of $2.3 billion, up 8 percent, 10 percent on a daily basis** - Company establishes $0.66 per share reserve for expected settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice - EPS of $2.81, up 12 percent excluding the reserve - Operating cash flow of $338 million, up 35 percent CHICAGO, Oct. 1... 
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10/03/12Grainger Announces 2012 Tools for Tomorrow® Scholarship Program Recipients and Designates October “Skilled Trades Awareness Month”
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09/13/12Grainger Reports August 2012 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of August 2012.  Sales increased 10 percent versus August 2011.  Results for the month included a 4 percentage point contribution from acquisitions and a 1 percentage point decline from foreign exchange.  Organic sales increased 7 percent, including 4 percentage points from volume, 4 percentage points from price, partially offset by a 1 percentage point decline from lower sales of hurricane-... 
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09/12/12Grainger Performs Even More Site Optimization and Shoots Up m-commerce Index, Internet Retailer
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09/10/12Grainger Goes Mobile: What It Means, Modern Distribution Management
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08/21/12Grainger Mobile App Provides Instant Access to 900,000 Products on Smart Phones and Streamlines Order Management for Facility Maintenance Pros
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08/10/12Grainger Reports July 2012 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Aug. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of July 2012.  Daily sales increased 11 percent versus July 2011.  Results for the month included a 5 percentage point contribution from acquisitions and a 2 percentage point decline from foreign exchange.  Organic sales on a daily basis increased 8 percent, including 4 percentage points from volume and 4 percentage points from price.  July 2012 had 21 selling days, one more than July 2011. T... 
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08/08/12The Right Track, IMPO
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08/08/12Are You Ready for the End of Inefficient Lighting?, Sustainable Plant
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08/07/12Lights Out: Next Phase of Legislation Marks the Beginning of the End for Inefficient Lighting
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07/25/12Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, July 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) today declared a cash dividend of 80 cents per share payable on September 1, 2012, to shareholders of record on August 13, 2012. 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 www.grainger.com/investor. SOURCE W.W. ... 
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07/24/12Acklands-Grainger Launches New Website Features
TORONTO, July 24, 2012- Acklands-Grainger Inc., Canada’s largest distributor of industrial, safety and fastener products, recently launched new and improved features to its website designed to help customers navigate to products and solutions more quickly and efficiently. "Customers tell us they need a partner to help them increase productivity and profitability," said Mike Duggan, eCommerce Director, Acklands-Grainger. "These enhancements make it easy for customers to find the products they n... 
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07/18/12Grainger Reports Record EPS of $2.63 for the 2012 Second Quarter
Raises 2012 EPS Guidance to $10.50 to $10.80 Quarterly Highlights - Sales of $2.2 billion, up 12 percent - Operating earnings of $314 million, up 18 percent - EPS of $2.63, up 12 percent / up 18 percent excluding tax benefit in 2011 - Pretax ROIC* of 31.9 percent (35.8 excluding Fabory) versus 33.7 percent in Q2 2011 CHICAGO, July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported record results for the 2012 second quarter ended June 30, 2012.  Sales of $2.2 billion w... 
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07/10/12Industry Suppliers-Box Makers May Show Slow U.S. Growth, Bloomberg
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07/10/12Amazon Supply: Why It Won’t Affect Industry Competition, Business2Community Blog
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06/20/12Grainger Offers 5 Tips to Help Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls at Work and at Home
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06/19/12Reaching Contractors via Mobile, Tradesmen Insights Blog
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06/13/12From Front-of-House to Back-of-House: Grainger Expands Hospitality Product Lines and Releases Second Edition of its Hospitality Catalog
New Catalog Features More than 12,000 Industry-Relevant Products to Help Customers Improve Operations and Guest Satisfaction CHICAGO, IL (June 13, 2012) – Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading broad line distributor of facilities maintenance products, today announced it has released the second edition of its hospitality catalog.  First introduced in 2011, this year’s customized catalog touts 4,000 new product additions, totaling more than 12,000 listed products that fall into hospi... 
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06/11/12Grainger Reports May 2012 Sales Results
CHICAGO, June 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of May 2012.  Daily sales increased 13 percent versus May 2011.  Results for the month included a 5 percentage point contribution from acquisitions and a 1 percentage point decline from foreign exchange.  Organic sales on a daily basis increased 9 percent, including 6 percentage points from volume and 3 percentage points from price.  May 2012 had 22 selling days, one more than May 2011.  The ... 
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06/08/12Grainger To Present At William Blair Growth Stock Conference
CHICAGO, June 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Jim Ryan, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, and Ron Jadin, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will present at the William Blair & Company Growth Stock Conference in Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. CDT, will be available for 30 days at www.grainger.com/investor. In addition, the presentation slides will be posted on the Speeches and Presentations secti... 
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06/05/12Private and Public Partners Practice to Prepare for a Real Disaster
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05/18/12Grainger to Present at 2012 EPG Spring Conference
CHICAGO, May 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Jim Ryan, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, and Ron Jadin, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will present at the Electrical Products Group's annual spring conference in Longboat Key, Florida on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The audio webcast of the event is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. EDT and will be available for 30 days at www.grainger.com/investor. In addition, the presentation slides will be posted on the Speeches an... 
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05/11/12Grainger Reports April 2012 Sales Results
CHICAGO, May 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of April 2012.  Daily sales increased 12 percent versus April 2011.  Results for the month included a 5 percentage point contribution from acquisitions.  Excluding acquisitions, organic sales increased 7 percent, including 5 percentage points from volume and 3 percentage points from price, partially offset by a 1 percentage point decline from foreign exchange.  April 2012 ha... 
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05/10/12Grainger Opens State of the Art Distribution Centers in California and Canada
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05/04/12Grainger To Present At Baird 2012 Growth Stock Conference
CHICAGO, May 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Ron Jadin, Senior Vice President & CFO, will be presenting at Baird's 2012 Growth Stock Conference in Chicago, Illinois, on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 9:00 a.m. CDT, will be available for 30 days at the following web site, www.grainger.com/investor.  In addition, the presentation slides will be posted on the Speeches and Presentations section of Grainger's Investor Relations web site, listed above.  About Grai... 
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05/01/12Grainger to Present at UBS Industrial Leadership Conference
CHICAGO, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- DG Macpherson, Senior Vice President & President, Global Supply Chain & Corporate Strategy, will be presenting at UBS Industrial Leadership Conference in London, UK, on Thursday, May 3, 2012. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 10:40 a.m., CDT, will be available for 30 days at the following web site, www.grainger.com/investor. In addition, the presentation slides will be posted on the Speeches and Presentations section of Grainger's Invest... 
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04/25/12Grainger's Shareholders Elect 12 Directors and Other Meeting Highlights
CHICAGO, April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --At the Grainger (NYSE: GWW) annual shareholder meeting held in Lake Forest, Illinois, today, Grainger Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Ryan provided an update on the state of the business and offered a recap of 2011 full year and 2012 first quarter performance. For a copy of his speech, go to www.grainger.com/investor. Shareholders re-elected the following 12 directors: Brian P. Anderson Neil S. Novich ... 
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04/25/12Grainger Increases Quarterly Dividend By 21 Percent
Represents 41st consecutive annual increase CHICAGO, April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) announced today that its board of directors voted to raise the quarterly cash dividend by 21 percent to 80 cents per share payable on June 1, 2012, to shareholders of record on May 14, 2012. Grainger has provided 41 consecutive years of increased dividends, a record that only 3 percent of companies in the S&P 500 can claim. "We are committed to providing top qu... 
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04/23/12W.W. Grainger, Inc. Donates $3 million to American Red Cross for New Online Volunteer Management System
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04/17/12Grainger Reports Record EPS of $2.57 for the 2012 First Quarter
Raises 2012 EPS Guidance to $10.40 to $10.80 Quarterly Highlights -- Sales of $2.2 billion, up 16 percent -- Operating earnings of $304 million, up 16 percent -- EPS of $2.57, up 18 percent -- Pretax ROIC* of 31.8 percent (35.6 excluding Fabory) versus 33.8 percent in Q1 2011 CHICAGO, April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported record results for the 2012 first quarter ended March 31, 2012. Sales of $2.2 billion were up 16 percent versus $1.9 billion i... 
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04/13/12Q&A With Court Carruthers, Grainger, IMPO
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04/05/12Grainger Promotes O.W. Eric Nowlin to President, Acklands - Grainger, Inc.
CHICAGO, April 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), today announced that O.W. Eric Nowlin, 51, has been named to the position of President, Acklands – Grainger, Inc., Grainger's Canadian subsidiary with 2011 revenues of $993 million (C$982 million).  In this role, Nowlin will oversee the growth and performance of Acklands – Grainger and will report directly to Mike Pulick, Senior Vice President & President, Grainger International. "Eric brings an impressive track record of del... 
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04/03/12Grainger Enters Brazil Through the Acquisition of Anfreixo, a Votorantim Company
CHICAGO, April 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today announced it has acquired 100 percent of the shares of AnFreixo S.A., effective April 2, 2012.  With 2011 sales of approximately $37M USD, AnFreixo is a leading broad line distributor of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies in Brazil.  The company had been a subsidiary in the Votorantim Group, one of the largest industrial conglomerates in Latin America with 2011 revenues in excess of $20B USD. Terms of the deal were... 
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04/02/12Grainger Explains Three Key Places to Look for Energy Losses in Commercial Buildings
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04/01/12'Give the lady what she wants', Internet Retailer
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03/14/12From Station Supplies to Apparel & Uniforms, Grainger Launches New Public Safety Catalog Featuring More Than 11,000 Industry-Relevant Products
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03/12/12Grainger 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 produc... 
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03/07/12Grainger Announces Leadership Change at Acklands-Grainger
CHICAGO, March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), today announced that Sean O'Brien, President, Acklands-Grainger Inc., Grainger's Canadian subsidiary, will resign from the company effective March 23, 2012. O'Brien joined Acklands-Grainger as Vice President, Sales, in November 2007, taking on additional responsibilities for E-Business and Marketing in early 2009.  He was named President in September, 2009.  Mike Pulick, President, Grainger International, will serve as interim pr... 
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03/02/12Grainger to Present at the Raymond James 33rd Annual Institutional Investors Conference
CHICAGO, March 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael Pulick, Senior Vice President & President, Grainger International, will be presenting at the Raymond James 33rd Annual Institutional Investors Conference in Orlando, Florida, on Monday, March 5, 2012. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 11:00 a.m. EST, will be available for 30 days at the following web site, www.grainger.com/investor.  In addition, the presentation slides will be posted on the Speeches and Presentations section of Gr... 
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03/02/12Grainger Senior Director of Investor Relations William D. Chapman Honored as America's Top IR Professional in the Capital Goods Industry
CHICAGO, March 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- William D. Chapman, Senior Director of Investor Relations for W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), was honored this week by Institutional Investor magazine as America's top Investor Relations professional in 2012. In voting by buy-side financial analysts in the magazine's 2012 Annual Survey, Chapman was ranked as IR Professional of the Year in the Capital Goods Industry. "From his institutional and industry knowledge to his ongoing commitment to building r... 
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03/01/12Most Admired Industry Stars, FORTUNE
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03/01/12FORTUNE 2012 World’s Most Admired Companies, FORTUNE
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03/01/12Beyond Lighting Retrofits: Grainger Helps Companies and Institutions Embrace Sustainability, Triple Pundit
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03/01/12The Web Means Business: B2B companies beef up their web sites, borrowing from b2c retailers and breaking new ground, Internet Retailer
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02/29/12Grainger Addresses Productivity, Mobile Purchasing Channels, Skilled Labor and More at the 2012 Grainger Show
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02/29/125 Time Management Tips from W.W. Grainger, Inc. for Operations and Maintenance Pros
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02/28/12Grainger Showcases Commitments to Sustainability, Sustainable Plant
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02/27/12HB ON THE SCENE: Grainger Conference Focuses On New Technologies To Manage Inventory
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02/27/12Grainger CEO: Productivity improvement a critical issue, Plant Engineering
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02/27/12Grainger's Approach to Mobile, Modern Distribution Management
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02/27/12Getting Your Employees Engaged in Sustainability Measures, EHS Today
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02/15/12In the Plant: The Right Mix for Success, Plant Engineering
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02/14/12IRWD 2012: Listen. Create. Test. Repeat., Internet Retailer
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02/13/12What CEOs Want from Risk Managers, PropertyCasualty360
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02/13/12Grainger Reports January 2012 Sales Results
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 s... 
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02/09/12W.W. Grainger Aids County In Adding Jobs, Industrial Distribution
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01/25/12Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Jan. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. has declared a cash dividend of 66 cents per share payable on March 1, 2012, to shareholders of record on February 13, 2012. 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 www.grainger.com/investor. Contacts:... 
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01/25/12Grainger Reports Record Sales of $8.1 Billion and Record EPS of $9.07 for the Year Ended December 31, 2011
2011 Fourth Quarter EPS of $2.04 Including Net Charge of $0.09 2011 Highlights - Sales of $8.1 billion, up 12 percent - Net earnings of $658 million, up 29 percent - EPS of $9.07, up 31 percent - Pretax ROIC* of 31.9 percent versus 29.8 percent in 2010 CHICAGO, Jan. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported record sales, net earnings and earnings per share for the year ended December 31, 2011.  Sales of $8.1 billion were up 12 percent versus $7.2 billion in 2... 
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01/18/12Acklands-Grainger “The Works” MRO & Safety Show, Electrical Business
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