Grainger Reports January 2013 Sales Results

                 Grainger Reports January 2013 Sales Results

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Feb. 12, 2013

CHICAGO, Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported
sales results for the month of January 2013. Daily sales increased 8 percent
versus January 2012, and included 3 percentage points from volume, 3
percentage points from price,1percentage point from sales of seasonal
products and 1percentage point from acquisitions. The month of January 2013
had 22selling days versus 21 selling days in January 2012. The 2013 first
quarter will have 63 selling days, one less than the 64selling days in the
2012 first quarter.

January Daily Sales by Segment

2013 v. 2012
United States                              +7%
Canada
                                           +10%
+8% in local currency
Other Businesses
                                           +7%
(Primarily Asia, Europe and Latin America)

Please visit www.grainger.com/investor to access a recorded message with
additional details about January 2013 sales. Grainger is scheduled to report
February sales on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. EDT.

W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2012 sales of $9 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.

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