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Grainger Reports October 2012 Sales Results



                 Grainger Reports October 2012 Sales Results

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Nov. 12, 2012

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                     +4%
Canada
                                  +16%
+12% in local currency
Other Businesses                  +12%

(Asia, Europe, and Latin America)  

Please visit www.grainger.com/investor to access a recorded message with
additional details about October 2012 sales.  Grainger is scheduled to report
November 2012 sales on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. EST.

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.

Forward-Looking Statements
This document contains forward-looking statements under the federal securities
law.  Forward-looking statements relate to the company's expected future
financial results and business plans, strategies and objectives and are not
historical facts.  They are generally identified by qualifiers such as
"forecasting" or similar expressions. There are risks and uncertainties, the
outcome of which could cause the company's results to differ materially from
what is projected.  The forward-looking statements should be read in
conjunction with the company's most recent annual report, as well as the
company's Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and other reports filed with the Securities &
Exchange Commission, containing a discussion of the company's business and
various factors that may affect it.

SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Website: http://www.grainger.com
Contact: Media, Grainger Media Relations Hotline, +1-847-535-5678 or Joseph
Micucci, Director, Media Relations, O: +1-847-535-0879, M: +1-847-830-5328, or
Investors, Laura Brown, Senior Vice President, Communications & Investor
Relations, O: +1-847-535-0409, M: +1-847-804-1383 or William Chapman, Senior
Director, Investor Relations, O: +1-847-535-0881, M: +1-847-456-8647
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