Grainger Increases Quarterly Dividend By 16 Percent

             Grainger Increases Quarterly Dividend By 16 Percent

Represents 42nd Consecutive Annual Increase

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, April 24, 2013

CHICAGO, April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW)
announced today that its board of directors voted to raise the quarterly cash
dividend by16 percent to93 cents per share payable on June 1, 2013, to
shareholders of record on May 13, 2013. Grainger has provided 42 consecutive
years of increased dividends, a record that only 3 percent of companies in the
S&P500 can claim.

"We have a strong record of providing solid returns to shareholders," said
Grainger Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Ryan. "The
Board's commitment to increasing our dividend is reflective of their
confidence in Grainger's future performance."

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

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various factors that may affect it.

SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Contact: Media, Joseph Micucci, Director, Media Relations, O: 847-535-0879, M:
847-830-5328, Grainger Media Relations Hotline, 847-535-5678, or Investors,
Laura Brown, SVP, Communications & Investor Relations, O: 847-535-0409, M:
847-804-1383, or William Chapman, Sr. Director, Investor Relations, O:
847-535-0881, M: 847-456-8647
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