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Grainger Reports October 2010 Sales Results

CHICAGO, Nov. 12, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported sales results for the month of October 2010. Daily sales increased 11 percent versus October 2009. Results for the month included a 1 percentage point contribution from acquisitions and a 1 percentage point contribution from foreign exchange. Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, daily sales for the company increased 9 percent. October had 21 selling days in 2010 and 22 in 2009. The 2010 fourth quarter will have 63 selling days compared to 64 in the 2009 fourth quarter.

October Daily Sales by Segment 2010 v. 2009 United States +8% Canada +20% +16% in local currency Other Businesses +48% Includes sales from the acquired business in Colombia Please visit www.grainger.com/investor to access a recorded message with additional details about October 2010 sales.

W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2009 sales of $6.2 billion is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products with an expanding presence in Asia and Latin America.

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