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12/20/10Grainger Announces Divestiture of Its Highsmith Specialty Brand
Company Initiates Strategic Review of Additional Niche Brands CHICAGO, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, today announced that it has sold substantially all of the assets of library supplies provider Highsmith, previously maintained under Grainger's U.S. Specialty Brands portfolio, to DEMCO, Inc., the leading provider of solutions to America's libraries... 
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12/13/10Grainger Reports November 2010 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Dec. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of November 2010. Daily sales increased 14 percent versus November 2009. Results for the month included a 2 percentage point contribution from acquisitions and a 1 percentage point contribution from foreign exchange. Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, daily sales for the company increased 11 percent. November had 21 selling days in 2010 and 20 in 2009. The 2010 fourth quarte... 
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11/17/10Grainger Provides Outlook at Analyst Meeting
Narrows 2010 EPS guidance to a range of $6.50 to $6.70 Issues 2011 EPS guidance of $7.15 to $7.90 CHICAGO, Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --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 several other Grainger le... 
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11/15/10Grainger to Host Annual Analyst Meeting
CHICAGO, Nov. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --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 17th, 2010, 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: D.G. Macpherson, Senior Vice President, Global Su... 
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11/12/10Grainger Reports October 2010 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Nov. 12, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of October 2010. Daily sales increased 11 percent versus October 2009. Results for the month included a 1 percentage point contribution from acquisitions and a 1 percentage point contribution from foreign exchange. Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, daily sales for the company increased 9 percent. October had 21 selling days in 2010 and 22 in 2009. The 2010 fourth quarter wi... 
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11/11/10Grainger Honors Veterans Through Expanded Scholarship Program
Community College Partnership Stresses Importance of Industrial Trades Careers CHICAGO, Nov. 11, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading facilities maintenance supplier, has expanded its Grainger Tools for Tomorrow(R) scholarship program for the fifth consecutive year. In the 2010 - 2011 academic year, Grainger will offer 75 community colleges across the United States two, $2,000 scholarships to award to community college students enrolled in industrial tr... 
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10/26/10Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Oct 26, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. has declared a cash dividend of 54 cents per share payable on December 1, 2010, to shareholders of record on November 8, 2010. W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2009 sales of $6.2 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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10/14/10Grainger Announces Acquisition of SafetyCertified
CHICAGO, Oct 14, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading broad line distributor of facilities maintenance products, today announced it has acquired substantially all of the assets of SafetyCertified, Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "As North America's largest distributor of safety products, we are committed to helping businesses and institutions manage and operate safe and healthy workplaces," said Mike Pulick, President of Grainger's U.S. Bus... 
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10/14/10Grainger Reports Third Quarter 2010 Earnings Per Share of $2.06, Including $0.07 Contribution From Unusual Item
Raises 2010 EPS guidance to $6.40 to $6.70 Quarterly Highlights - Sales of $1.9 billion, up 19 percent - Operating earnings of $251 million, up 35 percent - Operating cash flow of $217 million - Pretax ROIC* of 30.2 percent CHICAGO, Oct 14, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2010. Third quarter sales of $1.9billion increased 19 percent versus the 2009 third quarter. Both quarters had the sam... 
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09/20/10Acklands-Grainger Inc. Acquires Solus Securite Inc.
CHICAGO, Sept 20, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger today announced that its Canadian subsidiary, Acklands-Grainger Inc., Canada's largest distributor of industrial, safety and fastener supplies, has purchased Solus Securite Inc. effective September 17, 2010. With 2009 sales of approximately C$20 million, Solus Securite is a leading fire protection and safety distributor in Quebec with locations in Trois Rivieres, Victoriaville, Montreal and Sorel. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ... 
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09/13/10Grainger to Present at Morgan Keegan Industrial Conference
CHICAGO, Sept 13, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Michael Pulick, President, Grainger U.S., will be presenting at the Morgan Keegan Industrial/Transportation Conference in Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday, September 15, 2010. 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 Investor Relations Web ... 
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09/13/10Grainger Reports August 2010 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Sept 13, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of August 2010. Daily sales increased 20 percent versus August 2009. Results for the month included a 5 percentage point contribution from acquisitions and a 1 percentage point contribution from foreign exchange. Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, daily sales for the company increased 14 percent. August had 22 selling days in 2010 and 21 in 2009. The 2010 third quarter ... 
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08/12/10Richard L. Keyser, Former Grainger Chairman Named Public Company Director of the Year by National Association of Corporate Directors
CHICAGO, Aug 12, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today announced Richard L. Keyser, the company's former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer has been named 2010 Public Company Director of the Year by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Mr. Keyser was recognized by his boardroom peers for having exemplary, steady leadership in dynamic and challenging environments. The NACD Director of the Year awards recognize distinguished individual directors as rol... 
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08/11/10Grainger Reports July 2010 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Aug 11, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of July 2010. Daily sales increased 21 percent versus July 2009. Results for the month included a 5 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 15 percent. July had 21 selling days in 2010 and 22 in 2009. The 2010 third quarter... 
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07/28/10Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend and Authorizes New Share Repurchase Program
CHICAGO, July 28, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. today declared a cash dividend of 54 cents per share payable on September 1, 2010, to shareholders of record on August 9, 2010. In addition, the board authorized the repurchase of up to 10 million shares of the company's outstanding common stock. Since 1984, Grainger repurchases have returned more than $3.5 billion to shareholders and reduced the number of shares outstanding by more than 38 percen... 
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07/15/10Grainger Reports Second Quarter 2010 Earnings Per Share of $1.73, Including $0.08 Contribution from Unusual Item
Raises 2010 EPS guidance to $6.10 to $6.40 Quarterly Highlights - Sales of $1.8 billion, up 16 percent - Operating earnings of $215 million, up 40 percent - EPS of $1.73, up 43 percent - Operating cash flow of $173 million - Pretax ROIC* of 27.9 percent CHICAGO, July 15, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2010. Second quarter sales of $1.8 billion increased 16 percent versus the 2009 secon... 
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06/21/10Grainger Creates Joint Venture in Colombia With Affiliate of Torhefe S.A.
CHICAGO, June 21, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today announced it has formed a joint venture with an affiliate of Torhefe S.A., THF International SAS. Grainger owns an 80 percent majority position in the joint venture, with THF International SAS maintaining 20 percent. The joint venture has acquired substantially all of the assets of Torhefe and will be known as Grainger Colombia. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "Grainger Colombia brings together Torhefe's rich hi... 
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06/14/10Grainger to Present at William Blair Growth Stock Conference
CHICAGO, June 14, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Jim Ryan, Grainger Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, will be presenting at the William Blair & Company 30th Annual Growth Stock Conference in Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday, June 16, 2010. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 10:40 a.m. CDT, will be available for 30 days at the following web site, (http://www.wsw.com/webcast/blair36/gww/). In addition the presentation slides will be posted on the Speeches and Presentat... 
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06/10/10Grainger Reports May 2010 Sales Results
CHICAGO, June 10, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of May 2010. Daily sales increased 16 percent versus May 2009. Results for the month included a 5 percentage point positive contribution from acquisitions and a 2 percentage point contribution from foreign exchange. Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, daily sales for the company increased 9 percent. May had 20 selling days in both 2009 and 2010. The 2010 second quarter wi... 
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05/17/10Grainger to Present at 2010 EPG Spring Conference
CHICAGO, May 17, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Jim Ryan, Grainger (NYSE: GWW) Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, and Ron Jadin, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will be presenting at the Electrical Products Group's annual spring conference in Longboat Key, Florida on Wednesday, May 19, 2010. 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 pos... 
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05/12/10Grainger Reports April 2010 Sales Results
CHICAGO, May 12, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of April 2010. Daily sales increased 16 percent versus April 2009. Results for the month included a 5 percentage point positive contribution from acquisitions and a 3 percentage point contribution from foreign exchange. Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, daily sales for the company increased 8 percent. April had 22 selling days in both 2009 and 2010. The 2010 second quart... 
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04/28/10Grainger's Shareholders Elect 12 Directors and Other Meeting Highlights
CHICAGO, April 28, 2010 /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 addressed the state of the business and offered a recap of 2009 full year and 2010 first quarter performance. As part of his remarks, Ryan provided an update on business trends for the month of April and indicated that the company is now forecasting daily sales growth of 16 to 18 percent for the... 
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04/28/10Grainger Increases Quarterly Dividend by 17 Percent
Decision represents 39th consecutive annual increase CHICAGO, April 28, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --W.W. Grainger, Inc. (GWW) announced today that its board of directors raised the quarterly cash dividend by 17 percent to 54 cents per share payable on June 1, 2010, to shareholders of record on May 10, 2010. This reflects the 39th consecutive year of dividend increases, a record that only 15 S&P 500 companies can claim. "Grainger has demonstrated a history of strong, stable cash gen... 
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04/23/10American Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Partnership Program with W.W. Grainger, Inc. Grows with Addition of Cisco Global Volunteer Initiative
“Ready When the Time Comes” program trains workplace disaster volunteers WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 23, 2010) – The American Red Cross and W.W. Grainger, Inc. today welcomed Cisco as the newest participant in the Red Cross “Ready When the Time Comes” corporate volunteer program that trains employees from businesses and mobilizes them as a community-based volunteer force when disasters strike. Grainger (NYSE: GWW), a leading industrial distributor, is National Founding Sponsor of “Ready ... 
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04/14/10Grainger Reports Earnings Per Share of $1.31, Including Net Negative Charge of $0.07 for the 2010 First Quarter
--Raises 2010 EPS guidance to $5.70 to $6.10 --Quarterly Highlights -- Sales of $1.7 billion, up 14 percent -- Operating earnings of $183 million, up 15 percent -- EPS of $1.31, up 5 percent, including the following items: -- $0.15 charge related to the new health care legislation -- $0.08 benefit as a result of change in paid time off policy in the U.S. -- Operating cash flow of $113 million, up $70 million from Q1 of 2009 -- U.S. business sales growth of 8 percent, earnings growth of 11 percen... 
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03/18/10Grainger Ranked #1 Company Among Diversified Wholesalers on FORTUNE Magazine's 2010 "World's Most Admired Companies" List
CHICAGO, March 18, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- FORTUNE Magazine has named Grainger (NYSE: GWW) the "most admired" company among diversified wholesalers in the magazine's annual listing of the World's Most Admired Companies. The recognition will appear in the upcoming March 22, 2010 issue. Grainger is the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions. "This honor belongs to our outstanding employees," said Grainger Chairm... 
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02/26/10Grainger Recognizes Top Suppliers with Partners In Performance Award
Company names first Sustainability Supplier of the Year CHICAGO (Feb. 26, 2010) - Grainger (NYSE: GWW) recognized its 25 top performing suppliers with its Partners in Performance Award this week during the company’s annual supplier conference held in Schaumburg, Ill. Less than 1 percent of Grainger's 3,000 suppliers receive this award each year. Superior Manufacturing Group, maker of NoTrax anti-fatigue floor matting, was named Grainger’s Supplier of the Year for its outstanding performance... 
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02/22/10Acklands-Grainger Inc. Acquires Ranson Industrial and Safety Supplies Inc.
TORONTO, February 22, 2010 – Acklands-Grainger Inc., Canada’s largest distributor of industrial and safety supplies, today announced that it has acquired the assets of Ranson Industrial and Safety Supplies Inc., effective February 20, 2010. Ranson, with 2009 sales of approximately C$8 million, is a distributor of industrial and safety products with one location in Sarnia, Ontario. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "Ranson is a leading distributor of industrial and safety supplies in Southwe... 
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02/17/10Twelve Directors Slated for Grainger's Board to be Voted on at the Company's Annual Meeting on April 28, 2010
Slate includes one new nominee, E. Scott SantiCHICAGO, Feb 17, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The Board of Directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) today selected a slate of nominees to serve for the 2010 - 2011 period. Eleven of the candidates are current board members; the board also nominated E. Scott Santi, vice chairman of Illinois Tool Works Inc., as a twelfth candidate. The current eleven members to be voted on at the annual meeting are: Brian P. Anderson W... 
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02/11/10Grainger Reports January 2010 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Feb 11, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of January 2010. Daily sales increased 12 percent versus January 2009. Results for the month included a 5 percentage point positive contribution from acquisitions, a 2 percentage point benefit from the timing of the New Years' holiday and a 2 percentage point contribution from foreign exchange. Excluding acquisitions, holiday timing and foreign exchange, daily sales for the company in... 
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02/08/10Grainger Launches its 2010 Catalog, Features Broadest Product Offering in Company's 83 Year History
LAKE FOREST, IL (Feb. 8, 2010) – Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America’s leading distributor of facilities maintenance supplies, today announced the release of its 2010 catalog including more than 300,000 maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products, the company’s largest offering yet. “As businesses and institutions are challenged to find ways to do more with fewer resources, now more than ever, customers are looking to Grainger to help them reduce the cost of maintaining their facilities,”... 
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01/27/10Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Jan 27, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. have declared a cash dividend of 46cents per share payable on March 1, 2010, to shareholders of record on February 8, 2010. W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2009 sales of $6.2 billion is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions in the United States and Canada, with an expanding presence in Japan, Mexico, India, China and Panama. Through a highly i... 
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