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Grainger Reports February 2013 Sales Results



                 Grainger Reports February 2013 Sales Results

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, March 12, 2013

CHICAGO, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported
sales results for the month of February 2013.  Daily sales increased 6 percent
versus February 2012, and included 4 percentage points from volume, 2
percentage points from price and 1 percentage point from acquisitions,
partially offset by a 1 percentage point decline from foreign exchange.  The
month of February 2013 had 20 selling days versus 21 selling days in February
2012.  The 2013 first quarter will have 63 selling days, one less than the
64 selling days in the 2012 first quarter.   

February Daily Sales by Segment

2013 v. 2012
United States                              +7%
Canada
                                           +6%
+8% in local currency
Other Businesses
                                           +7%
(Primarily Asia, Europe and Latin America)
                                            
+13% in local currencies

Please visit www.grainger.com/investor to access a recorded message with
additional details about February 2013 sales.  Grainger is scheduled to report
first quarter 2013 results on Tuesday, April 16, 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.

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 and 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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