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11/12/14Grainger Provides Outlook At Analyst Meeting
Reiterates 2014 guidance and issues 2015 EPS guidance of $12.90 to $13.80 CHICAGO, Nov. 12, 2014 /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.  Grainger Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Ryan hosted the event.  The meeting also included presentations from other Grainger leaders. "We continue to lea... 
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11/12/14Grainger Reports October 2014 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Nov. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of October 2014.  Sales increased 6 percent versus October 2013. Results for the month included a 1 percentage point contribution from acquisitions, net of dispositions, and a 2 percentage points decline from unfavorable foreign exchange.  Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic sales increased 7 percent driven by 6 percentage points of volume growth and a 1 percentage point contri... 
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11/10/14Grainger To Host Annual Analyst Meeting
CHICAGO, Nov. 10, 2014 /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 12th, 2014, 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 Group President,  Global S... 
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10/29/14Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. today declared a cash dividend of $1.08 per share payable on December 1, 2014, to shareholders of record on November 10, 2014. W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2013 sales of $9.4 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with operations in Asia, Europe and Latin America. SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc. Media: Joseph Micucci, Director, Media Relations, O... 
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10/16/14Grainger Reports Results For The 2014 Third Quarter
Quarterly Highlights -- Sales of $2.6 billion, up 7 percent -- Operating earnings of $386 million, up 11 percent -- EPS of $3.30, up 12 percent CHICAGO, Oct. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the 2014 third quarter ended September 30, 2014.  Sales of $2.6 billion increased 7 percent versus $2.4 billion in the 2013 third quarter.  There were 64 selling days in the quarter, the same as in 2013.  Net earnings for the third quarter increased 9 perce... 
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09/12/14Grainger Reports August 2014 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Sept. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of August 2014.  Daily sales increased 7 percent versus August 2013.  Results for the month included 2 percentage points from acquisitions, net of dispositions, and a 1 percentage point decline from unfavorable foreign exchange.  Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic daily sales increased 6 percent driven by volume.  The month of August 2014 had 21 selling days versus 22 selling... 
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09/09/14Grainger Names Dean Johnson As New President Of Acklands-Grainger
CHICAGO, Sept. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today announced it has named Dean Johnson as president of its Canadian business, Acklands-Grainger.  Johnson assumes this role from Eric Nowlin who elected to return to California with his family at the end of his expat assignment. "We thank Eric for his leadership and years of service to Grainger, and we wish h... 
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09/04/14Grainger Announces World's First Data Center Certified by New LEED Standards
Facility is Expected to Consume up to 50 Percent Less Energy for Cooling than Similar Data Centers CHICAGO, Sept. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today announced its new data center in Lake Forest, Ill., is certified as the world's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) facility of this type.  This data center features an advanced coolin... 
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09/02/14Acklands-Grainger Inc. Completes Acquisition Of WFS Enterprises Inc.
TORONTO, ON September 2, 2014 – Acklands-Grainger Inc., Canada’s largest distributor of industrial, safety and fastener products, today announced that it has completed its acquisition of WFS Enterprises Inc. (WFS), a leading distributor of tools and supplies to industrial markets in Southern Ontario and select U.S. locations. Acklands-Grainger previously announced its agreement to acquire WFS on July 21, 2014. Founded in 1955 as Windsor Factory Supply and based in Windsor, Ont... 
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08/13/14Grainger Reports July 2014 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of July 2014.  Sales increased 6 percent versus July 2013.  Results for the month included 2 percentage points from acquisitions, net of dispositions, and a 1 percentage point decline from unfavorable foreign exchange.  Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic sales increased 5 percent driven by 5 percentage points from volume and 1 percentage point from the favorable timing of the ... 
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07/30/14Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) today declared a cash dividend of $1.08 per share payable on September 1, 2014, to shareholders of record on August 11, 2014. W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2013 sales of $9.4 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with operations in Asia, Europe and Latin America. SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc. Media: Joseph Micucci, Director, Media R... 
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07/29/14Grainger Adds New Member To Board Of Directors
CHICAGO, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger's Board of Directors has appointed Rodney C. Adkins to the board, bringing the total number of members to 11. The appointment is effective July 29, 2014. Mr. Adkins, 55, has held multiple leadership positions in a 30-year career at International Business Machines Corporation, including senior vice president of Corporate Strategy and senior vice president of the Systems and Technology Group. He has deep experience at IBM leading global teams in a... 
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07/23/14Grainger To Present At Upcoming Investor Conferences
CHICAGO, July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, today announced its participation at investor conferences during the 2014 third quarter. August 6, 2014 at 9:15 a.m. EDT, Laura Brown, Senior Vice President, Communications & Investor Relations will present at the CFA Society of Minnesota Conference in Minneapolis, MN. September 16, 2014 at 12:45 p.m. EDT, Court... 
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07/23/14Grainger Begins Serving More Customers in the Bakken Oil Region
New Dickinson location to help customers work safely and efficiently DICKINSON, N.D., July 23 – Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, broke ground on its new location in Dickinson, N.D., at 3221 Hwy 22. The new Dickinson location will provide a wide range of inventory specifically tailored to businesses operating in the Bakken oil fields, including a comprehensive offering of safety... 
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07/21/14Acklands-Grainger conclut une entente aux fins d'acquérir WFS Enterprises Inc.
TORONTO, Jul 21, 2014 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) --Acklands-Grainger, le plus important distributeur de produits industriels, de sécurité et de fixations au Canada, a annoncé aujourd'hui avoir fait l'acquisition de WFS Enterprises Inc., un principal distributeur d'outils et de fournitures auprès des marchés industriels dans le sud de l'Ontario et à certains emplacements aux États-Unis. L'acquisition devrait être relutive dans la première année d'activité. Les modalités de la transaction n'ont ... 
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07/21/14Acklands-Grainger Announces Agreement to Acquire WFS Enterprises Inc.
Toronto, ON July 21, 2014 – Acklands-Grainger, Canada’s largest distributor of industrial, safety and fastener products, today announced its agreement to acquire WFS Enterprises Inc., a leading distributor of tools and supplies to industrial markets in Southern Ontario and select U.S. locations. The acquisition is expected to be accretive in the first calendar year of operations. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1955 as Windsor Factory Supply a... 
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07/17/14Grainger Reports Results For The 2014 Second Quarter
Revises 2014 EPS Guidance Reported EPS of $2.94 Includes $0.15 Non-Cash Charge Quarterly Highlights -- Sales of $2.5 billion, up 5 percent -- U.S. Segment up 7 percent -- Adjusted EPS of $3.09, up 2 percent -- $161 million returned to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends CHICAGO, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the 2014 second quarter ended June 30, 2014.  Sales of $2.5 billion increased 5 percent versus $2.4 bill... 
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06/13/14Grainger Announces Plans For New Northeast Distribution Center
Company purchases land to build 1.3 million square-foot facility in New Jersey CHICAGO, June 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today announced the purchase of 96 acres of land in Bordentown Township, N.J.  The company plans to build a 1.3 million square-foot distribution center on this property, which is scheduled to open in 2016. "Our new distribution... 
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06/12/14Grainger Reports May 2014 Sales Results
CHICAGO, June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of May 2014.  Daily sales increased 6 percent versus May 2013.  Results for the month included 2 percentage points from acquisitions, net of dispositions, and a 1 percentage point decline from unfavorable foreign exchange.  Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic daily sales increased 5 percent driven by 6 percentage points from volume partially offset by a 1 percentage point decli... 
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06/03/14Grainger Marks National Safety Month With Sweepstakes And "Ask The Expert" Session
CHICAGO, June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products, and a leader in safety services and solutions, today announced it is conducting a sweepstakes and hosting a safety Q&A session in June for National Safety Month. "Safety is a concern for every organization, regardless of the industry and Grainger has decades of experience in helping our customers, regardless of the safety challenge," said Nino G... 
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05/13/14Grainger Reports April 2014 Sales Results
CHICAGO, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of April 2014.  Sales increased 5 percent versus April 2013.  Results for the month included 1 percentage point from acquisitions, net of dispositions, and a 1 percentage point decline from unfavorable foreign exchange.  Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic sales increased 5 percent driven by 7 percentage points from volume, partially offset by 2 percentage points from the timing... 
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05/02/14Grainger To Present At Upcoming Investor Conferences
CHICAGO, May 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, today announced its planned participation at the following investor conferences during the 2014 second quarter. May 6, 2014 at 11:20 a.m. EDT, DG Macpherson, Senior Vice President and Group President, Global Supply Chain and International will present at the Baird Growth Stock Conference in Chicago, IL. May 21, 2014 a... 
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04/30/14Grainger's Shareholders Elect 10 Directors And Other Meeting Highlights
CHICAGO, April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 a recap of 2013 full year and 2014 first quarter performance.  A copy of his speech is available at www.grainger.com/investor. Shareholders re-elected the following 10 directors: Brian P. Anderson Michael J. Roberts ... 
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04/30/14Grainger Increases Quarterly Dividend By 16 Percent And Replenishes Share Repurchase Authorization
CHICAGO, April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) announced today that its board of directors voted to raise the quarterly cash dividend by 16 percent to $1.08 per share payable on June 1, 2014, to shareholders of record on May 12, 2014.  Grainger has provided 43 consecutive years of increased dividends. In addition, the board authorized the purchase of up to 10 million shares of the company's outstanding common stock.  Since 1984, Grainger has reduced the number of shar... 
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04/16/14Grainger Reports Record Results For The 2014 First Quarter
Reiterates 2014 Sales and EPS Guidance Quarterly Highlights -- Sales of $2.4 billion, up 5 percent -- March sales up 8 percent, including 1 pp benefit from holiday timing -- Operating earnings of $354 million, up 3 percent -- EPS of $3.07, up 4 percent -- Repurchased 615,000 shares CHICAGO, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the 2014 first quarter ended March 31, 2014.  Sales of $2.4 billion increased 5 percent versus $2.3 billion ... 
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04/08/14Public Safety Curriculums Become Part of Grainger's Tools for Tomorrow® Scholarship Program
Company also Invites 25 Community Colleges to Join its Roster CHICAGO, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today announced the expansion of its Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship program to offer financial assistance to qualified students enrolled in public safety programs. Public safety is one of the fastest growing fields of study at community col... 
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04/02/14Grainger Awards Its Top Honor To More Than 50 Americas Team Members
CHICAGO, APRIL 2, 2014 – Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today announced Americas team members who earned its President’s Club honor, the company’s most prestigious level of achievement. "It’s a privilege to induct this year’s group of President’s Club honorees,” said Grainger President, Chairman and CEO, Jim Ryan. “This award recognizes sales and customer s... 
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03/13/14Grainger Reports February 2014 Sales Results
CHICAGO, March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of February 2014.  Sales increased 3 percent versus February 2013.  Results for the month included 2 percentage points from acquisitions, net of dispositions, and a 2 percentage points decline from unfavorable foreign exchange.  Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic sales increased 3 percent driven by 4 percentage points from volume, 1 percentage point from increased sales of se... 
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02/19/14Ten Directors Slated For Grainger's Board To Be Voted On At The Company's Annual Meeting On April 30, 2014
CHICAGO, Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) today selected a slate of nominees to serve for the 2014 – 2015 period.  The ten candidates, all current board members, to be voted on at the annual meeting are: Brian P. Anderson V. Ann Hailey William K. Hall Stuart L. Levenick Neil S. Novich Michael J. Roberts Gary L. Rogers James T. Ryan E. Scott Santi James D. Slavik John W. McCarter, Jr. will not stand for re-election.  Mr. McCart... 
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02/17/14Grainger To Present At Upcoming Investor Conferences
CHICAGO, Feb. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, today announced its participation at investor conferences during the months of February and March 2014. February 20, 2014 at 9:45 a.m. EST, Ron Jadin, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, will present at the Barclays Industrial Select Conference in Miami, FL. March 4, 2014 at 8:40 a.m. EST, Court Car... 
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02/13/14Grainger Reports January 2014 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of January 2014.  Sales increased 3 percent versus January 2013. Results for the month included 1 percentage point from acquisitions, net of dispositions, and a 2 percentage points decline from unfavorable foreign exchange.  Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic sales increased 4 percent driven by 2 percentage points from volume, 2 percentage points from price and 2 percentage po... 
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02/10/14Grainger’s 2014 Customer Show Features the Solutions, Expertise and Products to Help Customers Get the Job Done
Biggest Grainger Show to Date with More Than 15,000 Attendees ORLANDO, Fla., FEBRUARY 10, 2014 – Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today welcomes more than 15,000 attendees to its annual show in Orlando, Fla. Scheduled through February 11, the event brings together customers, suppliers and Grainger team members nationwide to discuss emerging trends in areas such as inventory management,... 
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01/29/14Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. declared a cash dividend of 93 cents per share payable on March 1, 2014, to shareholders of record on February 10, 2014. W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2013 sales of $9.4 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with operations in Asia, Europe and Latin America. SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc. Media: Joseph Micucci, Director, Media Relations, O: 847-... 
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01/24/14Grainger Reports Record Results For Year Ended December 31, 2013
Company Adjusts 2014 Guidance for Foreign Exchange Headwinds; Now Expects $12.10 to $12.85 Earnings per Share 2013 Highlights -- Sales of $9.4 billion, up 5 percent -- Reported EPS of $11.13, up 17 percent -- Adjusted EPS of $11.52, up 10 percent -- Operating cash flow of $986 million, up 21 percent CHICAGO, Jan. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported record results for the year ended December 31, 2013.  Sales of $9.4 billion increased 5 percent versus $9.... 
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01/02/14Grainger Named a Top Workplace by Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO, January 2, 2014 –Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, was named to the Chicago Tribune’s 2013 Top Workplaces list for the fourth consecutive year. The company ranked as the 11th best large employer in the Chicago area, based on feedback from employees who described Grainger as having a “challenging and rewarding culture” that helps them “continuously learn and develop... 
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