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Grainger Reports November 2012 Sales Results

                 Grainger Reports November 2012 Sales Results

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Dec. 12, 2012

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,
2percentage points from sales of hurricane-related products, 2 percentage
points from volume and 1 percentage point from acquisitions. The month of
November 2012 had 21selling days, the same as November 2011. While
the2012fourth quarter will have one extra selling day versus the 2011 fourth
quarter (64versus 63 days), the company is forecasting minimal sales
contribution due to timing of the holidays.

November Sales by Segment

2012 v. 2011
United States                     +6%
Canada
                                  +12%
+8% in local currency
Other Businesses                  +17%

(Asia, Europe, and Latin America) 

Please visit www.grainger.com/investor to access a recorded message with
additional details about November 2012 sales. Grainger is scheduled to report
fourth quarter 2012 earnings on Thursday, January 24, 2013 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, +1-847-535-0879 (office), +1-847-830-5328
(mobile); Investors, Laura Brown, Senior Vice President, Communications &
Investor Relations, +1-847-535-0409 (office), +1-847-804-1383 (mobile), or
William Chapman, Senior Director, Investor Relations, +1-847-535-0881
(office), +1-847-456-8647 (mobile)
 
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