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12/07/09Grainger Announces Plans for New Illinois Distribution Center
Company purchases 1 million square-foot distribution center in Minooka   CHICAGO (Dec. 7, 2009) – Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America’s leading distributor of facilities maintenance supplies, today announced plans to open a 1 million square-foot distribution center in Minooka, Ill., in 2012. The new facility will enhance service to customers across the Midwest. Grainger plans to begin renovations on the property in 2010.   “Opening a new distribution center Southwest of Chicago wil... 
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11/30/09Acklands-Grainger Inc. Acquires K&D Pratt Industrial Division
TORONTO, November 30, 2009 – Acklands-Grainger Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Grainger, North America’s leading industrial distributor, today announced that it has acquired the assets of the K&D Pratt Industrial Division effective November 28, 2009. The industrial division, with 2008 sales of approximately C$12 million, is a distributor of industrial and safety products with facilities in Dartmouth, NS, St. John’s, NL, and Saint John, NB. It was previously one of six business units owned a... 
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11/18/09Grainger Announces Acquisition of Alliance Energy Solutions
CHICAGO, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading broad line distributor of facilities maintenance products, today announced it has signed and closed an all cash acquisition of Alliance Energy Solutions. Grainger anticipates the transaction should be accretive to earnings in 2010 by approximately $0.01 - 0.02 per share. Other terms of the deal were not disclosed. Grainger Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer James T. Ryan ... 
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11/18/09Grainger Provides Outlook at Analyst Meeting
CHICAGO, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions, held its annual analyst meeting in Lake Forest, Illinois, today. Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, James T. Ryan, hosted the event. The meeting also included presentations from several other Grainger leaders. As part of the meeting, Grainger provided the following outlook for sales and earnings in 2009 and... 
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11/18/09Grainger Reports October 2009 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of October 2009. Daily sales declined 3 percent versus October 2008. Results for the month included a 3 percentage point contribution from acquisitions and a 2 percentage point benefit from foreign exchange. Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, daily sales for the company declined 8 percent. October 2009 had 22 selling days versus 23 in October 2008. The 2009 fourth ... 
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11/16/09Grainger to Host Annual Analyst Meeting
CHICAGO, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions, will host its annual analyst meeting on Wednesday, November 18th, 2009, in Lake Forest, Illinois. Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, James T. Ryan, will host the event. The meeting will also include presentations from the following leaders: -- Ron Jadin, Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial... 
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11/02/09Grainger Launches New Online Search Tool: Makes Doing Business Online Easier
CHICAGO, Nov 02, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading distributor of facilities maintenance supplies, today announced the launch of its new online "search and select" tool. This tool makes it easier for customers to search and find any of the more than 400,000 maintenance, repair and operating products through its website, grainger.com. The new online search tool provides quicker, easier and more accurate service, helping customers save time an... 
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10/28/09Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. at their meeting today declared a cash dividend of 46 cents per share payable on December 1, 2009, to shareholders of record on November 9, 2009. W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2008 sales of $6.9 billion is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions in United States, Canada, Japan, Mexico, India, China and Panama. Through a highly integrated networ... 
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10/14/09Grainger Announces Acquisition of Imperial Supplies, LLC
CHICAGO, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading broad line distributor of facilities maintenance products, today announced it has signed and closed an all cash acquisition of Imperial Supplies, LLC from American Capital, Ltd. (Nasdaq: ACAS). No other terms of the agreement were disclosed. Grainger anticipates the transaction should be accretive to earnings by $.03-$.05 a share in 2010 including product and transportation cost savings. ... 
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10/14/09Grainger Reports Earnings Per Share of $1.88 for the 2009 Third Quarter, Including a One-Time $0.37 Gain
CHICAGO, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported third quarter sales of $1.6 billion, which were down 14 percent versus third quarter 2008. Net earnings for the quarter increased 3 percent to $145 million versus $140 million in 2008. Earnings per share increased by 6 percent to $1.88 versus $1.77** for the third quarter of 2008. The 2009 third quarter included a one-time $47 million pre-tax o... 
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09/16/09Grainger to Present at Morgan Keegan Industrial Conference
CHICAGO, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Michael Pulick, President, Grainger U.S., will be presenting at the Morgan Keegan Industrial/Transportation Conference in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday, September 17, 2009. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 9:45 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 sit... 
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09/14/09Grainger Completes Tender Offer Bid; Achieves 53% Stake in MonotaRO Co., Ltd.
CHICAGO, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger, North America's leading broad line distributor of facilities maintenance products, today announced it has completed its tender offer bid in Japan for 380,000 shares of MonotaRO Co., Ltd., a Japanese company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, at a price of 1,010 Yen ($11.11) per common share. As a result of the completion of the transaction, Grainger has achieved a 53% majority ownership in MonotaRO and will consolidate MonotaRO's results... 
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09/11/09Grainger Reports August 2009 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of August 2009. Daily sales declined 13 percent versus August 2008, primarily the result of weak demand across all customer end-markets and geographies. Foreign exchange negatively affected sales by approximately 1 percentage point. There were the same number of selling days in August 2009 and August 2008 (21). The 2009 third quarter will have the same number of selling days (64) as... 
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09/02/09Grainger to Provide Supply Chain Update at Investor Meeting
CHICAGO, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- D.G. Macpherson, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain, will present an update on Grainger's logistics network at an investor meeting and tour of the company's distribution center in Robbinsville, N.J., on Thursday, September 3, 2009. The audio webcast of Macpherson's presentation, scheduled to begin at 12:45 p.m. EDT, can be accessed through the company's Web site at www.grainger.com/investor. In addition, a recording of the webcast will be... 
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09/02/09Grainger Promotes Sean O'Brien to President, Acklands-Grainger
CHICAGO, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), a leading industrial distributor, today announced that Sean O'Brien, 42, has been named to the position of President, Acklands-Grainger Inc., Grainger's Canadian subsidiary. O'Brien's new responsibilities include oversight of the Canadian business operations which had revenues of $728 million (C$773 million) in 2008. O'Brien succeeds and reports to Court D. Carruthers who became Senior Vice President and President, Grainger In... 
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09/01/09Grainger Promotes Jeff Yin to Vice President and General Manager, Grainger China
CHICAGO, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), a leading industrial distributor, today announced that Jeff Yin, 47, has been named to the position of Vice President and General Manager, Grainger China, based in Shanghai. Yin's new responsibilities include oversight of the Chinese business operations, which had revenues of approximately $10 million in 2008. He reports to Court Carruthers, Senior Vice President and President, Grainger International. "We opened in Shanghai ... 
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08/12/09Grainger Reports July 2009 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of July 2009. Daily sales declined 14 percent versus July 2008, primarily the result of weak demand across all customer end-markets and geographies. Foreign exchange negatively affected sales by approximately one percentage point. There were the same number of selling days in July 2009 and July 2008 (22). The 2009 third quarter will have the same number of selling days (64) as ... 
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07/29/09Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, July 29, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. at their meeting today declared a cash dividend of 46 cents per share payable on September 1, 2009, to shareholders of record on August 10, 2009. W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2008 sales of $6.9 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions in United States, Canada, Mexico, India, China and Panama. Through a highly integrated ... 
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07/15/09Grainger Reports Earnings Per Share Of $1.21 For The 2009 Second Quarter
Quarterly highlights Sales of $1.5 billion down 13 percent Net earnings of $92 million down 18 percent EPS of $1.21 down 15 percent Operating cash flow of $190 million Generated pretax ROIC of 23.8 percent* Visit www.grainger.com/investor to access a podcast with Grainger's supplemental commentary. CHICAG... 
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06/19/09Grainger to Acquire Majority Ownership in MonotaRO Co., Ltd.
CHICAGO, June 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger, North America's leading broad line distributor of facilities maintenance products, today announced it plans to become a 53% majority owner of MonotaRO, a direct marketer of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies in Japan. Grainger expects to invest approximately $4M through a tender offer bid process later this summer. Established in 2000 in Osaka, MonotaRO started as a joint venture company between Grainger and Sumito... 
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06/08/09Grainger Reports May 2009 Sales Results
CHICAGO, June 8, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of May 2009. Daily sales declined ten percent versus May 2008, primarily the result of weak demand across all customer end-markets and geographies. Foreign exchange negatively affected sales by approximately two percentage points. Sales from pandemic related product as a result of the H1N1 virus outbreak positively affected sales by one percentage point. There was one less... 
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06/05/09Grainger to Present at William Blair Growth Stock Conference
CHICAGO, June 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- James T. Ryan, Grainger Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, will be presenting at the William Blair & Company 29th Annual Growth Stock Conference in Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday, June 9, 2009. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 10:10 a.m. CDT, will be available for 30 days at the following web site, http://www.wsw.com/webcast/blair17/gww/. In addition the presentation slides will be posted on the Speeches and Presentati... 
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06/04/09Grainger Announces Acquisition of Asia Pacific Brands
CHICAGO, June 4, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading broad line distributor of facilities maintenance products, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire full ownership of its joint venture in India, Asia Pacific Brands India Private Limited, one of India's leading industrial and electrical wholesale distributors. "We are excited about growing our business in India," said Grainger's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ji... 
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05/19/09Grainger to Present at 2009 EPG Spring Conference
CHICAGO, May 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- James T. Ryan, Grainger Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, will be presenting at the Electrical Products Group's annual spring conference in Longboat Key, Florida on Wednesday, May 20, 2009. The audio webcast of the event is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. EDT and will be available for 30 days. In addition the presentation slides will be posted on the Speeches and Presentations section of Grainger's Investor Relations Web site, www.grain... 
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05/12/09Grainger Reports April 2009 Sales Results
CHICAGO, May 12, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of April 2009. Daily sales declined 15 percent versus April 2008, primarily the result of weak demand across all customer end-markets and geographies. Sales were negatively affected by approximately 2 percentage points due to foreign exchange. There were 22 selling days in both April 2009 and April 2008. The 2009 second quarter will have the same number of selling days (6... 
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04/29/09Grainger's Shareholders Approve 13 Board Members and Ratify Auditor Ernst & Young LLP, for 2009 - 2010
CHICAGO, April 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- At the Grainger (NYSE: GWW) annual shareholder meeting held in Lake Forest, IL, today, Grainger Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President James T. Ryan provided an update on state of the business and a recap of 2008 and 2009 first quarter performance. For a copy of his speech, go to www.grainger.com/investor. Shareholders re-elected 13 directors, all of whom were previously serving on the board. The directors are: Br... 
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04/29/09Grainger Raises Quarterly Dividend
Decision represents 38th consecutive annual increase CHICAGO, April 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- W.W. Grainger, Inc. (GWW) announced today that its board of directors today raised the cash dividend by 15 percent to 46 cents per share payable on June 1, 2009, to shareholders of record on May 11, 2009. This decision reflects the company's confidence in its future and ability to continue to deliver higher annual dividend income to its shareholders, something that Grainger has done fo... 
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04/28/09Grainger Promotes James T. Ryan to Chairman of the Board
CHICAGO, April 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- W. W. Grainger, Inc. announced that Grainger's CEO and President James T. Ryan will add the title and responsibilities of chairman of the board, effective today. He is succeeding Richard L. Keyser, who was named Chairman Emeritus and remains a member of the board of directors. Both men are standing for election to Grainger's Board of Directors on April 29, 2009. Keyser said, "Jim becomes chairman at a time that Grainger is poised to de... 
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04/14/09Grainger Reports Earnings Per Share of $1.25 for the 2009 First Quarter
Generates pretax ROIC of 24.8 percent* Highlights - Sales of $1.5 billion down 12 percent, down 10 percent on a daily basis - Net earnings of $96 million down 16 percent - EPS of $1.25 down 11 percent - Repurchased 1.9 million shares - Generated pretax ROIC of 24.8 percent* Visit www.grainger.com/investor to access a Podcast describing Grainger's performance in more detail. CHICAGO, April 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW)... 
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03/11/09Grainger Reports February 2009 Sales Results
CHICAGO, March 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of February 2009. Daily sales declined 10 percent versus February 2008, primarily the result of weak demand across all customer end-markets and geographies. Sales were negatively affected by approximately 2 percentage points due to foreign exchange. There was one less selling day in February 2009 (20) versus February 2008 (21). The 2009 first quarter will have one less sellin... 
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02/11/09Grainger Reports January 2009 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of January, 2009. Daily sales declined 9 percent versus January 2008, primarily the result of weakened demand across all customer end-markets and geographies. Sales were negatively affected by approximately 2 percentage points due to foreign exchange. Sales for Friday, January 2nd, resulted in less than half of a day of normal volume and negatively affected sales growth by abou... 
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02/09/09Grainger Launches Its 2009 Catalog, Features Broadest Product Offering in Company's 82 Year History
CHICAGO, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading distributor of facilities maintenance supplies, today announced the release of its 2009 catalog including nearly 240,000 maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products. Grainger spokesperson Mike Rowe, creator, executive producer and host of Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs" is featured on the cover (for more information on this partnership see: http://www.grainger.com/mikerowe). "Now more tha... 
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02/02/09Grainger Promotes Carruthers to New Position as President, Grainger International
CHICAGO, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), a leading industrial distributor, today announced that Court Carruthers, 36, has been named to a newly created position as President of its international businesses in Canada (Acklands-Grainger Inc.), Mexico (Grainger S.A. de C.V.), and China. Carruthers' new responsibilities include growing and improving Grainger's international business operations, which had sales of more than $800 million in 2008. "Grainger's inter... 
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01/28/09Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. have declared a cash dividend of 40 cents per share payable on March 1, 2009 to shareholders of record on February 9, 2009. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2008 sales of $6.9 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China and Panama. Through a highly integrated network includin... 
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01/26/09Grainger Reports Record Sales of $6.9 Billion and Earnings Per Share of $6.04 for the Year Ended December 31, 2008
2008 Highlights - Sales of $6.9 billion, up 7 percent, 6 percent on a daily basis - EPS were $6.04, up 22 percent - Earnings for the year include two unusual items totaling $0.13 per share - $0.08 per share in Q4 for write down of investment in joint venture - $0.05 per share in Q2 for government legal settlement - Operating cash flow was $530 million - 5.7 million shares were repurchased - $516 million to shareh... 
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01/22/09Grainger and Mike Rowe Kick off Partnership, Reinforce Shared Commitment to Skilled Workforce of Tomorrow
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- This week Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading distributor of facilities maintenance supplies, kicked off a partnership with Mike Rowe, creator, executive producer and host of Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs." In his role as a Grainger spokesperson, Rowe will be featured on the cover of the company's 2009 catalog and make several appearances on behalf of the company. Rowe is also partnering with Grainger in raising awareness ab... 
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