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12/26/12Grainger Settles Government Contract Dispute
CHICAGO, Dec. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today announced it has settled its long-standing contract dispute with the federal government. As announced October 16, the discrepancy centered on disclosure language in the General Services Administration (GSA) and United States Postal Service (USPS) contracts, which were implemented more than 10 years ago. Grainger maintains it complied with the disclosure requirements and the contracts in all material respects, and the settlement does not contain any admission of wrongdoing by the company. The GSA and USPS remain long-standing and important Grainger customers. These contracts account for a portion of the comp... 
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12/17/12Grainger Announces Intent To Acquire Techni-Tool, Inc.
CHICAGO, Dec. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving businesses and institutions, today announced its intent to acquire Techni-Tool, Inc., and its affiliate Wassco Inc., leading specialist distributors serving manufacturing customers with 2011 sales of $88 million.  Grainger expects the transaction to close by December 31, 2012, subject to standard conditions, and be neutral to 2013 earnings per share.  Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.  Founded in 1959 and based in Worcester, Pa., Techni-Tool, along with Wassco, employs approximately 200 people and provides nearly 25,000 products and... 
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12/12/12Grainger Reports November 2012 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of November 2012.  Sales increased 8 percent versus November 2011, and included 3 percentage points from price, 2 percentage points from sales of hurricane-related products, 2 percentage points from volume and 1 percentage point from acquisitions.  The month of November 2012 had 21 selling days, the same as November 2011.  While the 2012 fourth quarter will have one extra selling day versus the 2011 fourth quarter (64 versus 63 days), the company is forecasting minimal sales contribution due to timing of the holidays.    November Sales by Segment 2012 v. 2011 ... 
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11/14/12Grainger Provides Outlook At Analyst Meeting
Narrows 2012 EPS Guidance of $10.55 to $10.75* Issues 2013 EPS Guidance of $10.85 to $12.00 CHICAGO, Nov. 14, 2012 /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.  Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Ryan hosted the event.  The meeting also included presentations from other Grainger leaders. "Grainger is well positioned to meet the needs of businesses and institutions as they look to manage the MRO products used to maintain their facilities.  We continue to see significant potential to gain sha... 
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11/12/12Grainger To Host Annual Analyst Meeting
CHICAGO, Nov. 12, 2012 /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 14th, 2012, 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 President, Global Supply Chain and Corporate Strategy Court Carruthers, Senior Vice President and President, Grainger United States Mike Pulick, Senior Vice President and President, Grainger International Paul Miller, V... 
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11/12/12Grainger Reports October 2012 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of October 2012.  Daily sales increased 6 percent versus October 2011, and included 4 percentage points from price, 1 percentage point from volume and 1 percentage point from sales of hurricane-related products.  The month of October 2012 had 23 selling days versus 21 selling days in October 2011.  While the 2012 fourth quarter will have one extra selling day versus the 2011 fourth quarter (64 versus 63 days), the company is forecasting minimal sales contribution due to timing of the holidays.   October Daily Sales by Segment 2012 v. 2011 United States ... 
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10/31/12Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. today declared a cash dividend of 80 cents per share payable on December 1, 2012, to shareholders of record on November 12, 2012. W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2011 sales of $8.1 billion is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with expanding global operations.  For more information about the company, visit www.grainger.com/investor. SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc. CONTACTS: Media - Grainger Media Relations Hotline, +1-847-535-5678, or Jan Tratnik, Sr. Director, Corp. Communications and Public Affairs, O: +1-847-535-4339, M: +1-847-456-8807; Investors -... 
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10/16/12Grainger Reports 2012 Third Quarter Results
Sales Up 10 Percent on a Daily Basis Company Reaffirms 2012 Earnings Per Share Guidance of $10.50 to $10.80* and Now Expects 2012 Sales Growth of 11 to 12 Percent Quarterly Highlights - Sales of $2.3 billion, up 8 percent, 10 percent on a daily basis** - Company establishes $0.66 per share reserve for expected settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice - EPS of $2.81, up 12 percent excluding the reserve - Operating cash flow of $338 million, up 35 percent CHICAGO, Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the 2012 third quarter ended September 30, 2012.  Sales for the 2012 third quarter of $2.3 billion increased 8 percent versus $2... 
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09/13/12Grainger Reports August 2012 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of August 2012.  Sales increased 10 percent versus August 2011.  Results for the month included a 4 percentage point contribution from acquisitions and a 1 percentage point decline from foreign exchange.  Organic sales increased 7 percent, including 4 percentage points from volume, 4 percentage points from price, partially offset by a 1 percentage point decline from lower sales of hurricane-related products in August 2012 versus August 2011. The month of August 2012 had 23 selling days, the same as August 2011.  The 2012 third quarter will have one less selling day than the 2011 third qu... 
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08/10/12Grainger Reports July 2012 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Aug. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of July 2012.  Daily sales increased 11 percent versus July 2011.  Results for the month included a 5 percentage point contribution from acquisitions and a 2 percentage point decline from foreign exchange.  Organic sales on a daily basis increased 8 percent, including 4 percentage points from volume and 4 percentage points from price.  July 2012 had 21 selling days, one more than July 2011. The 2012 third quarter will have one less selling day than the 2011 third quarter (63 versus 64 days).   July Daily Sales by Segment 2012 v. 2011 United States ... 
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07/25/12Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, July 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) today declared a cash dividend of 80 cents per share payable on September 1, 2012, to shareholders of record on August 13, 2012. W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2011 sales of $8.1 billion is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with expanding global operations.  For more information about the company, visit www.grainger.com/investor. SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc. Media, Kellie Harris, Manager, Media Relations, O: +1-847-535-1542, M: +1-847-643-6298, or Investors, Laura Brown, SVP, Communications & Investor Relations, O: +1-847-535-0409,... 
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07/18/12Grainger Reports Record EPS of $2.63 for the 2012 Second Quarter
Raises 2012 EPS Guidance to $10.50 to $10.80 Quarterly Highlights - Sales of $2.2 billion, up 12 percent - Operating earnings of $314 million, up 18 percent - EPS of $2.63, up 12 percent / up 18 percent excluding tax benefit in 2011 - Pretax ROIC* of 31.9 percent (35.8 excluding Fabory) versus 33.7 percent in Q2 2011 CHICAGO, July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported record results for the 2012 second quarter ended June 30, 2012.  Sales of $2.2 billion were up 12 percent versus $2.0 billion in the second quarter of 2011.  There were 64 selling days in the quarter, the same as in 2011.  Net earnings for the quarter i... 
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06/11/12Grainger Reports May 2012 Sales Results
CHICAGO, June 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of May 2012.  Daily sales increased 13 percent versus May 2011.  Results for the month included a 5 percentage point contribution from acquisitions and a 1 percentage point decline from foreign exchange.  Organic sales on a daily basis increased 9 percent, including 6 percentage points from volume and 3 percentage points from price.  May 2012 had 22 selling days, one more than May 2011.  The 2012 second quarter will have the same number of selling days as the 2011 second quarter (64 days). May Daily Sales by Segment 2012 v. 2011 United States   ... 
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06/08/12Grainger To Present At William Blair Growth Stock Conference
CHICAGO, June 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 12, 2012. 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 section of Grainger's Investor Relations web site. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2011 sales of $8.1 billion is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating... 
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05/18/12Grainger to Present at 2012 EPG Spring Conference
CHICAGO, May 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The audio webcast of the event is scheduled for 12:30 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 Relations web site. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2011 sales of $8.1 billion is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenanc... 
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05/11/12Grainger Reports April 2012 Sales Results
CHICAGO, May 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of April 2012.  Daily sales increased 12 percent versus April 2011.  Results for the month included a 5 percentage point contribution from acquisitions.  Excluding acquisitions, organic sales increased 7 percent, including 5 percentage points from volume and 3 percentage points from price, partially offset by a 1 percentage point decline from foreign exchange.  April 2012 had 21 selling days, the same as April 2011.  The 2012 second quarter will have the same number of selling days as the 2011 second quarter (64 days). April Daily Sales by Segment 20... 
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05/04/12Grainger To Present At Baird 2012 Growth Stock Conference
CHICAGO, May 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Ron Jadin, Senior Vice President & CFO, will be presenting at Baird's 2012 Growth Stock Conference in Chicago, Illinois, on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 9:00 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 site, listed above.  About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2011 sales of $8.1 billion is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with expanding global operations.  For more info... 
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05/01/12Grainger to Present at UBS Industrial Leadership Conference
CHICAGO, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- DG Macpherson, Senior Vice President & President, Global Supply Chain & Corporate Strategy, will be presenting at UBS Industrial Leadership Conference in London, UK, on Thursday, May 3, 2012. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 10:40 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 site, listed above.  About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2011 sales of $8.1 billion is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating produc... 
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04/25/12Grainger's Shareholders Elect 12 Directors and Other Meeting Highlights
CHICAGO, April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --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 2011 full year and 2012 first quarter performance. For a copy of his speech, go to www.grainger.com/investor. Shareholders re-elected the following 12 directors: Brian P. Anderson Neil S. Novich Wilbur H. Gantz Michael J. Roberts V. Ann Hailey Gary L. Rogers William K. Hall James T. Ryan Stuart L. Levenick E. Scott Santi Jo... 
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04/25/12Grainger Increases Quarterly Dividend By 21 Percent
Represents 41st consecutive annual increase CHICAGO, April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) announced today that its board of directors voted to raise the quarterly cash dividend by 21 percent to 80 cents per share payable on June 1, 2012, to shareholders of record on May 14, 2012. Grainger has provided 41 consecutive years of increased dividends, a record that only 3 percent of companies in the S&P 500 can claim. "We are committed to providing top quartile returns to our investors, and our dividend is an important and consistent part of the equation," said Grainger Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Ryan. In 2011, Grainger deliv... 
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04/17/12Grainger Reports Record EPS of $2.57 for the 2012 First Quarter
Raises 2012 EPS Guidance to $10.40 to $10.80 Quarterly Highlights -- Sales of $2.2 billion, up 16 percent -- Operating earnings of $304 million, up 16 percent -- EPS of $2.57, up 18 percent -- Pretax ROIC* of 31.8 percent (35.6 excluding Fabory) versus 33.8 percent in Q1 2011 CHICAGO, April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported record results for the 2012 first quarter ended March 31, 2012. Sales of $2.2 billion were up 16 percent versus $1.9 billion in the first quarter of 2011. There were 64 selling days in the quarter, the same as in 2011. Net earnings for the quarter increased 19 percent to $188 million versus $158 million in 2011. Earnings p... 
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04/05/12Grainger Promotes O.W. Eric Nowlin to President, Acklands - Grainger, Inc.
CHICAGO, April 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), today announced that O.W. Eric Nowlin, 51, has been named to the position of President, Acklands – Grainger, Inc., Grainger's Canadian subsidiary with 2011 revenues of $993 million (C$982 million).  In this role, Nowlin will oversee the growth and performance of Acklands – Grainger and will report directly to Mike Pulick, Senior Vice President & President, Grainger International. "Eric brings an impressive track record of delivering results and developing talent that will benefit the Acklands – Grainger team and our customers," said Pulick. "The business is performing very well and I'm confident Eric will help Acklands – ... 
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04/03/12Grainger Enters Brazil Through the Acquisition of AnFreixo, a Votorantim Company
CHICAGO, APRIL 3, 2012 –Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today announced it has acquired 100 percent of the shares of AnFreixo S.A., effective April 2, 2012.  With 2011 sales of approximately $37M USD, AnFreixo is a leading broad line distributor of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies in Brazil.  The company had been a subsidiary in the Votorantim Group, one of the largest industrial conglomerates in Latin America with 2011 revenues in excess of $20B USD. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Moving forward, the company will operate under the name Grainger.    The acquisition of AnFreixo provides Grainger with a solid entry point for physical operations in Brazil, the l... 
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03/12/12Grainger Reports February 2012 Sales Results
CHICAGO, March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of February 2012.  Daily sales increased 18 percent versus February 2011.  Results for the month included a 5 percentage point contribution from acquisitions.  Excluding acquisitions, organic sales increased 13 percent, including 12 percentage points from volume and 3 percentage points from price, partially offset by a 2 percentage point decline from lower sales of seasonal products.  February 2012 had 21 selling days, one more than February 2011.  The 2012 first quarter will have the same number of selling days as the 2011 first quarter (64 days). February D... 
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03/07/12Grainger Announces Leadership Change at Acklands-Grainger
CHICAGO, March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW), today announced that Sean O'Brien, President, Acklands-Grainger Inc., Grainger's Canadian subsidiary, will resign from the company effective March 23, 2012. O'Brien joined Acklands-Grainger as Vice President, Sales, in November 2007, taking on additional responsibilities for E-Business and Marketing in early 2009.  He was named President in September, 2009.  Mike Pulick, President, Grainger International, will serve as interim president of Acklands-Grainger.  Mike has held leadership positions with Grainger for more than 12 years, including leading Grainger's U.S. business from 2008-2011. He assumed leadership of Grainger's i... 
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03/02/12Grainger to Present at the Raymond James 33rd Annual Institutional Investors Conference
CHICAGO, March 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael Pulick, Senior Vice President & President, Grainger International, will be presenting at the Raymond James 33rd Annual Institutional Investors Conference in Orlando, Florida, on Monday, March 5, 2012. The audio webcast of the event, scheduled for 11:00 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 Investor Relations web site, listed above. About Grainger W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2011 sales of $8.1 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, ... 
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03/02/12Grainger Senior Director of Investor Relations William D. Chapman Honored as America's Top IR Professional in the Capital Goods Industry
CHICAGO, March 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- William D. Chapman, Senior Director of Investor Relations for W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), was honored this week by Institutional Investor magazine as America's top Investor Relations professional in 2012. In voting by buy-side financial analysts in the magazine's 2012 Annual Survey, Chapman was ranked as IR Professional of the Year in the Capital Goods Industry. "From his institutional and industry knowledge to his ongoing commitment to building relationships, Bill embodies leadership in investor relations," said Laura Brown, Senior Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations for Grainger. "We are proud of all Bill has accomplished a... 
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02/13/12Grainger Reports January 2012 Sales Results
CHICAGO, Feb. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of January 2012.  Sales increased 17 percent versus January 2011.  Results for the month included a 5 percentage point contribution from acquisitions.  Excluding acquisitions, organic sales increased 12 percent, including 12 percentage points from volume and 2 percentage points from price, partially offset by a 1 percentage point decline from both foreign exchange and lower sales of seasonal products.  January 2012 had 21 selling days, the same as January 2011.  The 2012 first quarter will have the same number of selling days as the 2011 first quarter (64 days). ... 
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01/25/12Grainger Declares Quarterly Dividend
CHICAGO, Jan. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of W.W. Grainger, Inc. has declared a cash dividend of 66 cents per share payable on March 1, 2012, to shareholders of record on February 13, 2012. W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2011 sales of $8.1 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with expanding global operations.  For more information about the company, visit www.grainger.com/investor. Contacts:   Media:  Investors: Robb Kristopher Laura Brown Director, Media Relations Senior Vice President, Communications 847/... 
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01/25/12Grainger Reports Record Sales of $8.1 Billion and Record EPS of $9.07 for the Year Ended December 31, 2011
2011 Fourth Quarter EPS of $2.04 Including Net Charge of $0.09 2011 Highlights - Sales of $8.1 billion, up 12 percent - Net earnings of $658 million, up 29 percent - EPS of $9.07, up 31 percent - Pretax ROIC* of 31.9 percent versus 29.8 percent in 2010 CHICAGO, Jan. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported record sales, net earnings and earnings per share for the year ended December 31, 2011.  Sales of $8.1 billion were up 12 percent versus $7.2 billion in 2010.  Net earnings of $658 million increased 29 percent versus $511 million in 2010.  Earnings per share of $9.07 increased 31 percent versus $6.93 in 2010.  The years 2011 and 2010 included the follo... 
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