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12/12/11Grainger Reports November 2011 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Dec. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of November 2011.  Sales increased 15 percent versus November 2010.  Results for the month included a 5 percentage point contribution from acquisitions.  Excluding acquisitions, organic sales increased 10 percent, including 10 percentage points from volume and 2 percentage points from price, partially offset by a 2 percentage point decline from 2010 oil spill related sales.  ... 
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12/07/11No matter the product, great design depends on customers’ desires
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12/05/11Grainger to Present at Bank of America Global Industrials Conference
CHICAGO, Dec. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ron Jadin, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, will be presenting at the Bank of America 2011 Global Industrials Conference in New York City on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 9:05 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 Grainger's Investo... 
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11/29/11Grainger Announces New Business Leader Assignments
Court Carruthers, Mike Pulick and D.G. Macpherson to assume new responsibilities CHICAGO, Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE:GWW) today announced changes in leadership assignments of three senior business leaders.  Mike Pulick, Senior Vice President and President, Grainger U.S. and Court Carruthers, Senior Vice President and President, Grainger International will rotate positions with each assuming the other's current area of responsibility.   D.G. Macpherson, who head... 
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11/22/11Grainger and American Red Cross Win U.S. Chamber of Commerce Corporate Citizen Partnership Award
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11/16/11Grainger Provides Outlook at Analyst Meeting
Narrows 2011 EPS guidance to a new range of $8.85 to $9.00, excluding unusual items Issues 2012 EPS guidance of $9.90 to $10.65 CHICAGO, Nov. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, held its Annual Analyst Meeting in Lake Forest, Illinois, today.  Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Ryan, hosted the event.  The meeting also included presentations from se... 
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11/15/11Grainger Sheds Some Light on the Lighting Legislation and Debunks Myths that Could Keep Businesses in the Dark
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11/14/11Grainger to Host Annual Analyst Meeting
CHICAGO, Nov. 14, 2011 /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 16th, 2011, 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, Global Supply Chain ... 
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11/11/11Grainger 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 2... 
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10/26/11Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Oct. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. today declared a cash dividend of 66 cents per share payable on December 1, 2011, to shareholders of record on November 14, 2011. 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.c... 
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10/18/11Grainger Reports Record Results for the 2011 Third Quarter
Raises 2011 EPS guidance range to $8.80 - $9.00 Quarterly Highlights - Sales of $2.1 billion, up 11 percent - Operating earnings of $303 million, up 21 percent - Net earnings of $182 million, up 21 percent - EPS of $2.51, up 22 percent - Pretax ROIC* of 34.3 percent versus 30.2 percent in Q3 2010 CHICAGO, Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported record results for the 2011 third quarter ended September 30, 2011. Sales of $2.1 billion increased 11 perc... 
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10/11/11Grainger Announces Divestiture of Joint Venture in South Korea
CHICAGO, Oct. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW), a leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, today announced it has divested its 49 percent stake in MRO Korea to affiliates of its former partner, SK Networks, for $12 million, resulting in a net gain of approximately $5 million. SK Group intends to transform the MRO Korea business model into a social enterprise, focused on job creation for the underprivile... 
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09/26/11Grainger to Present at Oppenheimer Industrial Conference
CHICAGO, Sept. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Michael Pulick, Senior Vice President & President, Grainger, U.S., will be presenting at the Oppenheimer's 6th Annual Industrials Conference in New York City, on Tuesday, September 27, 2011. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 8:40 a.m. EDT, 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 Inves... 
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09/19/11Acklands-Grainger Continues To Broaden Quebec Presence With Purchase of Baie-Comeau Distributor
TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2011 /CNW/ -- Acklands-Grainger Inc., Canada's largest distributor of industrial, safety and fastener supplies, today announced it has acquired the assets of Baie-Comeau industrial distributor Fercomat Inc., effective September 19, 2011. Acklands-Grainger expects an incremental sales contribution of approximately $3 million from this acquisition over the next 12 months. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "Fercomat has a strong track record of service and by working togeth... 
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09/13/11Grainger Reports August 2011 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of August 2011. Daily sales increased 10 percent versus August 2010. Results for the month included a 1 percentage point positive contribution from foreign exchange. Excluding foreign exchange, organic sales increased 9 percent, including 8 percentage points from volume, 3 percentage points from price and 1 percentage point from sales related to Hurricane Irene, partially offset b... 
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09/13/11Grainger to Present at Morgan Keegan Industrial Conference
CHICAGO, Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --DG Macpherson, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain, will be presenting at the Morgan Keegan Industrial/Transportation Conference in Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 9:05 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 Investo... 
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08/31/11Grainger Completes Acquisition of Fabory Group
CHICAGO, Aug. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today announced it has completed its acquisition of Fabory Group, a leading European distributor of fasteners and related MRO products. Grainger announced its intention to acquire Fabory on August 15, 2011 and anticipates that the transaction will be neutral to earnings per share in 2011 and 10 to 12 cents accretive in 2012. "We are delighted to complete this acquisition so promptly and to officially welcome the Fabory t... 
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08/15/11Grainger Intends to Acquire Fabory Group
- The transaction price will be approximately $344 million (euro 242 million) and is expected to be accretive to 2012 earnings. - Grainger will host a live webcast at 10:00 a.m. EDT today to discuss this announcement. CHICAGO, Aug. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today announced its intention to acquire the shares of Fabory Group, a leading European distributor of fasteners and related MRO products. The transaction price will be approximately $344 million (euro 242 m... 
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08/10/11Grainger Reports July 2011 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Aug. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of July 2011. Daily sales increased 10 percent versus July 2010. Results for the month included a 1 percentage point positive contribution from acquisitions and a 2 percentage point contribution from foreign exchange. Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic sales increased 7 percent, including 8 percentage points from volume and 2 percentage points from price, partiall... 
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07/27/11Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, July 27, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. today declared a cash dividend of 66 cents per share payable on September 1, 2011, to shareholders of record on August 8, 2011. 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 an expanding presence in Asia and Latin America. For more information about the company, visit www.grainger.com/invest... 
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07/26/11Grainger Expands Its Inventory Management Service Offering
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07/19/11Grainger Reports Record Sales and EPS for the 2011 Second Quarter
Raises 2011 EPS guidance to $8.40 to $8.70 Quarterly Highlights - Sales of $2.0 billion, up 12 percent - Operating earnings of $265 million, up 23 percent - Net earnings of $170 million, up 32 percent - EPS of $2.34, up 35 percent - Pretax ROIC* of 33.7 percent versus 27.9 percent in Q2 2010 CHICAGO, July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported record results for the 2011 second quarter ended June 30, 2011. Sales of $2.0 billion increased 12 percent versu... 
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06/17/11Grainger Presents Summertime Safety Tips to Help Workers Stay Cool
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06/10/11Grainger to Present at William Blair Growth Stock Conference
CHICAGO, June 10, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --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 14, 2011. 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 se... 
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06/10/11Grainger Reports May 2011 Sales Results
CHICAGO, June 10, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of May 2011. Daily sales increased 11 percent versus May 2010. Results for the month included a 1 percentage point positive contribution from acquisitions and a 2 percentage point contribution from foreign exchange. Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic sales increased 8 percent, including 7 percentage points from volume and 2 percentage points from price, partially ... 
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05/16/11Grainger to Present at 2011 EPG Spring Conference
CHICAGO, May 16, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --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 Wednesday, May 18, 2011. The audio webcast of the event is scheduled for 9:00 a.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 and Pr... 
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05/11/11Grainger Reports April 2011 Sales Results
CHICAGO, May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of April 2011. Daily sales increased 14 percent versus April 2010. Results for the month included a 1 percentage point positive contribution from acquisitions and a 1 percentage point contribution from foreign exchange. Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic sales increased 12 percent, including 10 percentage points from volume and 2 percentage points from price. Apri... 
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04/27/11Grainger's Shareholders Elect 12 Directors and Other Meeting Highlights
CHICAGO, April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --At the Grainger (NYSE: GWW) annual shareholder meeting held in Lake Forest, IL, today, Grainger Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Ryan provided an update on the state of the business and offered a recap of 2010 full year and 2011 first quarter performance. For a copy of his speech, go to www.grainger.com/investor. Shareholders re-elected the following 12 directors: Brian P.... 
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04/27/11Grainger Increases Quarterly Dividend by 22 Percent
Represents 40th consecutive annual increase CHICAGO, April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) announced today that its board of directors voted to raise the quarterly cash dividend by 22 percent to 66 cents per share payable on June 1, 2011, to shareholders of record on May 9, 2011. Grainger has provided 40 consecutive years of increased dividends, a record that only 12companies in the S&P500 can claim. "We are very proud of reaching this 40 year milestone... 
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04/18/11Grainger Reports Record EPS of $2.18 for the 2011 First Quarter
Raises 2011 EPS guidance to $8.10 to $8.60 Quarterly Highlights - Sales of $1.9 billion, up 13 percent - Operating earnings of $263 million, up 44 percent - EPS of $2.18, up 66 percent - Pretax ROIC* of 33.8 percent versus 25.9 percent in Q1 2010 CHICAGO, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the 2011 first quarter ended March 31, 2011. Sales of $1.9 billion increased 13 percent versus $1.7 billion in the first quarter 2010. Sales on a d... 
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04/04/11Grainger to Present at BB&T Capital Markets Conference
CHICAGO, April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Court Carruthers, Senior Vice President; President, Grainger International, will be presenting at the BB&T Capital Markets Commercial & Industrial Conference in New York, New York on Thursday, April 7, 2011. The audio webcast of the event is scheduled for 1:15 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 and Presentations section of Grainger's Investor ... 
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03/11/11Grainger Reports February 2011 Sales Results
CHICAGO, March 11, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of February 2011. Daily sales increased 11 percent versus February 2010. Results for the month included a 1 percentage point positive contribution from acquisitions and a 1 percentage point contribution from foreign exchange. Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic sales were up 9 percent, including 2 percent from price and 7 percent from volume. February 2011 had 20sell... 
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03/07/11W. W. Grainger, Inc. Tops FORTUNE “Most Admired” List for Second Consecutive Year
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03/07/11Grainger to Present at the Raymond James 32nd Annual Institutional Investors Conference
CHICAGO, March 7, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Ron Jadin, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, will be presenting at the Raymond James 32nd Annual Institutional Investors Conference in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 1:05 p.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 Grainger's Inve... 
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03/03/11Grainger Named No. 1 on 2011 FORTUNE World's Most Admired List for Diversified Wholesalers
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03/01/11Grainger Brings Together Customers and Industry Experts to Discuss Ways to Take Cost Out of Business Operations
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02/11/11Grainger Reports January 2011 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Feb. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of January 2011. Daily sales increased 10 percent versus January 2010. Results for the month included a 1 percentage point positive contribution from acquisitions and a 1 percentage point contribution from foreign exchange. Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, daily sales for the company increased 8 percent. January 2011 had 21selling days versus 20 in January 2010. The 2011 f... 
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01/27/11Grainger Named to 2011 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For List
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01/26/11Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Jan. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. has declared a cash dividend of 54 cents per share payable on March 1, 2011, to shareholders of record on February 14, 2011. 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 an expanding presence in Asia and Latin America. For more information about the company, visit www.grainger.com/investor. ... 
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01/25/11Grainger Reports Sales of $7.2 Billion and EPS of $6.93 for the Year Ended December 31, 2010
2010 Fourth Quarter EPS of $1.83 Including $0.04 Unusual Item 2010 Highlights - Sales of $7.2 billion, up 15 percent; 16 percent daily - EPS of $6.80, up 30 percent, excluding $0.13 of unusual items ($0.04 in 4Q) - Operating cash flow of $596 million - $657 million returned to shareholders in dividends & share repurchases - Pretax ROIC* of 29.8 percent versus 24.9 percent in 2009 CHICAGO, Jan. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported record sales, net earni... 
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01/21/11Grainger Named to 2011 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For List
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