Grainger Reports May 2013 Sales Results

                   Grainger Reports May 2013 Sales Results

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, June 11, 2013

CHICAGO, June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported
sales results for the month of May 2013. Daily sales increased 5 percent
versus May 2012, and included 3percentage points from volume, 2 percentage
points from price and 1percentage point from acquisitions, partially offset
by a 1 percentage point decline from unfavorable foreign exchange. The month
of May 2013 had 22 selling days, the same as May 2012. The 2013 second
quarter will have 64 selling days, the same as the 2012 second quarter.

May Daily Sales by Segment

2013 v. 2012
United States                              +6%
Canada
                                           +1%
+2% in local currency
Other Businesses
                                           +4%
(Primarily Asia, Europe and Latin America)
                                           
+10% in local currencies

Please visit www.grainger.com/investor to access a recorded message with
additional details about May 2013 sales. Grainger is scheduled to report
second quarter earnings on Wednesday, July 17, 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, Form10-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: Joseph Micucci, Director, Media Relations, O: 847-535-0879, M:
847-830-5328, or Grainger Media Relations Hotline, 847-535-5678, or Investors:
Laura Brown, Senior Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, O:
847-535-0409, M: 847-804-1383 or William Chapman, Senior Director, Investor
Relations, O: 847-535-0881, M: 847-456-8647
 
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