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08/13/15Grainger Reports July 2015 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Aug. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of July 2015.  Sales declined 1 percent versus July 2014.  Results for the month included a 4 percentage point decline from unfavorable foreign exchange and a 1 percentage point increase from acquisitions.  Sales increased 2 percent on an organic basis, excluding foreign exchange and acquisitions, driven by 3 percentage points from volume, partially offset by a 1 percentage point decline in pri... 
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07/30/15Grainger Announces Agreement To Acquire Cromwell, The Largest Independent British MRO Distributor
- Attractive opportunity to accelerate growth of the online model in the U.K. and Germany - Transaction price will be £310M GBP/approximately $482 million USD - Expected to be immediately EPS accretive and $0.10 to $0.15 accretive to Grainger's 2016 EPS - Grainger to host a live conference call and webcast at 10:00 a.m. EDT today CHICAGO, July 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), North America's leading broad line distributor of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) produ... 
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07/29/15Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) today declared a cash dividend of $1.17 per share payable on September 1, 2015, to shareholders of record on August 10, 2015. W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2014 sales of $10 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with operations also in Asia, Europe and Latin America.   To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.... 
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07/17/15Grainger Reports Results For The 2015 Second Quarter
Revises 2015 Guidance Quarterly Highlights - Sales of $2.5 billion, up 1 percent, up 3 percent organic - Operating earnings of $357 million, up 5 percent - Net earnings of $221 million, up 7 percent - EPS of $3.25, up 11 percent - $373 million returned to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends CHICAGO, July 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the 2015 second quarter ended June 30, 2015. Sales of $2.5 billion increased 1 perc... 
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07/14/15Grainger Detects Cybersecurity Incident
No Evidence of Impact to Customers, Suppliers or Employees CHICAGO, July 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- On June 2, Grainger's IT security team discovered that the company was the subject of a cyberattack and that the intruders were able to access limited information on Grainger's network.  In response, Grainger immediately began following its cybersecurity protocol by working with leading cybersecurity experts to investigate the situation; implementing enhanced security measures; and quickly notify... 
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06/29/15Grainger Names Chief Operating Officer
Announces Executive Team Change CHICAGO, June 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today announced a change in its leadership structure to drive greater growth and ensure tighter coordination between operating functions, business units and business models.  DG Macpherson assumes the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Grainger, effective August 1, 2015, reporting to Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Ryan. As COO, Macpherson will have oversigh... 
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06/12/15Grainger Reports May 2015 Sales Results
CHICAGO, June 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of May 2015.  Daily sales were flat versus May 2014.  Results for the month included 1 percentage point from acquisitions and a 3 percentage point decline from unfavorable foreign exchange.  Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic sales increased 2 percent driven by 3 percentage points from volume, partially offset by a 1 percentage point decline in price.  May 2015 had 20 selling ... 
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06/11/15Acklands-Grainger Celebrates the Opening of New Toronto Distribution Centre
TORONTO, ON, June 11, 2015 – Acklands-Grainger Inc., Canada’s largest distributor of industrial, safety and fastener products, today hosted a grand opening to celebrate its new Toronto distribution centre located in the town of Caledon, Ontario. This state-of-the-art 535,000 square-foot facility has the capacity to stock 170,000 products and serves customers throughout Canada. Customers in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada will benefit from next-day delivery through this distribut... 
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05/13/15Grainger Reports April 2015 Sales Results
CHICAGO, May 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of April 2015.  Sales increased 1 percent versus April 2014.  Results for the month included 1 percentage point from acquisitions and a 3 percentage point decline from unfavorable foreign exchange.  Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic sales increased 3 percent driven by 4 percentage points from volume, partially offset by a 1 percentage point decline in price.  April 2015 had 22... 
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05/11/15Grainger Continues To Add Safety Expertise And Resources To Help Customers Stay Safe On The Job
New QSSP-Trained Professionals Ready to Assist with Workplace Safety CHICAGO, May 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today announced that nearly 40 additional Grainger team members earned the designation of Qualified Safety Sales Professional (QSSP), as the company continues to expand its safety expertise in an effort to best serve its customers.  The QSSP p... 
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05/04/15Grainger To Present At Upcoming Investor Conferences
CHICAGO, May 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, today announced that it plans to participate at the following investor conferences during the 2015 second quarter. May 6, 2015 at 10:45 a.m. EDT, Court Carruthers, Senior Vice President and Group President, Americas will present at the Baird Growth Stock Conference in Chicago, IL. May 20, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. EDT,... 
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04/29/15Grainger's Shareholders Elect 11 Directors And Other Meeting Highlights
CHICAGO, April 29, 2015 /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 offered a recap of 2014 full year and 2015 first quarter performance.  A copy of his speech is available at www.grainger.com/investor. Shareholders re-elected the following directors: Brian P. Anderson Mic... 
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04/29/15Grainger Increases Quarterly Dividend By 8 Percent
CHICAGO, April 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) announced today that its board of directors voted to raise the quarterly cash dividend by 8 percent to $1.17 per share payable on June 1, 2015, to shareholders of record on May 11, 2015.  Grainger has delivered 44 consecutive years of increased dividends. "We are committed to providing value to shareholders through consistent increases in the dividend and through share repurchases," said Grainger Chairman, President and C... 
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04/16/15Grainger Reports Results For The 2015 First Quarter
Revises 2015 Guidance Quarterly Summary - Sales of $2.4 billion, up 2 percent - Operating earnings of $351 million, down 1 percent - EPS of $3.07, flat to prior year - Adjusted EPS of $3.10, up 1 percent excluding $0.03 per share restructuring costs - Repurchased 634,000 shares CHICAGO, April 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the 2015 first quarter ended March 31, 2015.  Sales of $2.4 billion increased 2 percent versus $2.4 billion in t... 
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04/16/15Grainger Announces Permanent Change To Capital Structure And Intent To Buy Back $3 Billion In Common Stock
CHICAGO, April 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE:GWW) announced today that its Board of Directors has approved the purchase of $3 billion of its common stock over the next three years.  The share repurchase will be financed with a combination of cash and the issuance of new, permanent debt.  In addition, the Board increased the repurchase authorization to 15 million shares.  This replaces a prior program of 10 million shares approved in April 2014.  "This program reflects our confidenc... 
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04/01/15Grainger Introduces Grainger Choice As A Badge For Exclusive Products
Company Highlights Product Selection, Value and Quality Through This New Identifier CHICAGO, APRIL 1, 2015 – Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today announced the Grainger ChoiceSM badge, which enables customers to quickly identify the right Grainger exclusive branded products to fit their needs. “The Grainger Choice name allows us to give the proper recognition t... 
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03/25/15Grainger Awards Its Top Honor To Nearly 50 Americas Team Members
CHICAGO, MARCH 25, 2015 – Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today announced the Americas-based team members who earned its President’s Club honor, the company’s most prestigious level of achievement. "I am proud to induct this year’s group of President’s Club recipients,” said Grainger Chairman, President and CEO, Jim Ryan. “The Grainger President’s Club is quite a distinction, ... 
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03/12/15Grainger Reports February 2015 Sales Results
CHICAGO, March 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of February 2015.  Sales increased 2 percent versus February 2014.  Results for the month included 1 percentage point from acquisitions and a 3 percentage point decline from unfavorable foreign exchange.  Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic sales increased 4 percent driven by 4 percentage points from volume and a 2 percentage point benefit from favorable comparability to the b... 
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03/04/15Grainger Earns Top Spot in Category of Wholesalers: Diversified on the FORTUNE List of World's Most Admired Companies
CHICAGO, March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today announced it earned the number one ranking on FORTUNE magazine's 2015 List of World's Most Admired Companies in the category of Wholesalers: Diversified.  This ranking is consistent with 2014, when the company also earned the top spot in this category. "At Grainger, we are committed to building a workplace w... 
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02/16/15The 2015 #GraingerShow Features Solutions and Products to Help Customers Increase Productivity and Stay Safe
Biggest Grainger Show to Date with More Than 17,000 Attendees ORLANDO, FEBRUARY 16, 2015 – Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today welcomes more than 17,000 attendees to its annual Grainger Show in Orlando, Fla. Scheduled through February 17, the event brings together customers, suppliers and Grainger team members nationwide to demonstrate how Grainger is uniquely positioned to ... 
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02/12/15Grainger To Present At Upcoming Investor Conferences
CHICAGO, Feb. 12, 2015 /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 2015. February 19, 2015 at 9:45 a.m. EST, D.G. Macpherson, Senior Vice President and Group President, Global Supply Chain and International, will present at the Barclays Industrial Select Conference in Miami, FL. ... 
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02/12/15Grainger Reports January 2015 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Feb. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of January 2015.  Daily sales increased 3 percent versus January 2014. Results for the month included 1 percentage point from acquisitions and a 2 percentage point decline from unfavorable foreign exchange.  Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, organic sales increased 4 percent on a daily basis driven by 4 percentage points from volume and a 2 percentage point benefit from favorable com... 
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01/28/15Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Jan. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. declared a cash dividend of $1.08 cents per share payable on March 1, 2015, to shareholders of record on February 9, 2015. W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2014 sales of $10.0 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with operations also in Asia, Europe and Latin America.   To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.co... 
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01/26/15Grainger Reports Results For Year Ended December 31, 2014
Company Adjusts 2015 Guidance for FX and Canadian Macroeconomic Headwinds; Now Expects Earnings per Share of $12.60 to $13.60 2014 Highlights - Sales of $10.0 billion, up 6 percent - Reported EPS of $11.45, up 3 percent - Adjusted EPS of $12.26, up 6 percent CHICAGO, Jan. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the year ended December 31, 2014.  Sales of $10.0 billion increased 6 percent versus $9.4 billion in 2013.  Reported net earnings of $802 m... 
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01/20/15Grainger Supports American Red Cross South Jersey Region
Donated products to be used in local shelters during times of disaster CHICAGO, JANUARY 20, 2015 – Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, recently donated needed products to the South Jersey Region American Red Cross in support of local disaster relief efforts. The heaters, portable lighting, eye wash station and electrical power cords donated by Grainger will be used at disaster serv... 
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