Grainger Reports August 2011 Sales Results

Sep 12, 2011, 08:00 ET from W.W. Grainger, Inc.

CHICAGO, Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of August 2011.  Daily sales increased 10 percent versus August 2010.  Results for the month included a 1 percentage point positive contribution from foreign exchange.  Excluding foreign exchange, organic sales increased 9 percent, including 8 percentage points from volume, 3 percentage points from price and 1 percentage point from sales related to Hurricane Irene, partially offset by a 3 percentage point decline from 2010 oil spill related sales.  August 2011 had 23 selling days, one more than August 2010.  The 2011 third quarter will have the same number of selling days as the 2010 third quarter (64 days).

August Daily Sales by Segment

2011 v. 2010

United States

+8%

Canada

+14% in local currency

+21%

Other Businesses

+23%

Please visit www.grainger.com/investor to access a recorded message with additional details about August 2011 sales.  Grainger is scheduled to report third quarter earnings on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. EDT.

W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2010 sales of $7.2 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with expanding operations in Europe, Asia and Latin America.  For more information about the company, visit www.grainger.com/investor.

SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc.



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