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These excerpts taken from the FAST 10-K filed Feb 20, 2009.

Available Information

Our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act are available free of charge on or through our website at www.fastenal.com as soon as reasonably practicable after such reports have been filed with or furnished to the SEC.

 

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ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

In addition to the other information in this Form 10-K, the following factors should be considered in evaluating our business. Our operating results depend upon many factors and are subject to various risks and uncertainties. The material risks and uncertainties known to us which may cause the operating results to vary from anticipated results or which may negatively affect our operating results and profitability are as follows:

Available Information

Our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act are available free of charge on or through our website at www.fastenal.com as soon as reasonably practicable after such reports have been filed with or furnished to the SEC.

 

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ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

In addition to the other information in this Form 10-K, the following factors should be considered in evaluating our business. Our operating results depend upon many factors and are subject to various risks and uncertainties. The material risks and uncertainties known to us which may cause the operating results to vary from anticipated results or which may negatively affect our operating results and profitability are as follows:

Available Information

Our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly
reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act are available free of charge on or through our website at
www.fastenal.com as soon as reasonably practicable after such reports have been filed with or furnished to the SEC.

 


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ITEM 1A.RISK FACTORS

In addition to the other information in this
Form 10-K, the following factors should be considered in evaluating our business. Our operating results depend upon many factors and are subject to various risks and uncertainties. The material risks and uncertainties known to us which may
cause the operating results to vary from anticipated results or which may negatively affect our operating results and profitability are as follows:

SIZE="2">A downturn in the economy and other factors may affect customer spending, which has harmed and could continue to harm our operating results.

SIZE="2">In general, our sales represent spending on discretionary items or consumption needs by our customers. This spending is affected by many factors, including, among others:

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general business conditions,

 







  

interest rates,

 







  

inflation,

 







  

liquidity in credit markets,

 







  

taxation,

 







  

fuel prices and electrical power rates,

 







  

unemployment trends,

 







  

terrorist attacks and acts of war, and

 







  

other matters that influence customer confidence and spending.

FACE="Times New Roman" SIZE="2">A downturn in either the national or local economy where our stores operate or changes in any of the other factors described above could negatively impact sales at our established stores (open more than two years) and
their level of profitability.

This risk has come to bear during the last four months of 2008. As the economic condition in North America has weakened
significantly, our customers, which are represented in various manufacturing, non-residential construction, and services sectors, have experienced a slowdown that has adversely impacted our sales and operating results.

STYLE="margin-top:12px;margin-bottom:0px">Our current estimate for total store market potential in North America could be incorrect.

FACE="Times New Roman" SIZE="2">One of our primary growth strategies is to grow our business through the introduction of stores into new markets. Based on a snapshot of current marketplace demographics in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, we
currently estimate there is potential market opportunity in North America to support approximately 3,500 stores. We cannot guarantee that our market potential estimates are accurate or that we will open stores to reach the full market
opportunity. In addition, a particular local market’s ability to support a store may change because of a change in our store format or the presence of a competitor’s store.

STYLE="margin-top:12px;margin-bottom:0px">We may be unable to meet our goals regarding new store openings.

SIZE="2">Our growth, in part, is primarily dependent on our ability to attract new customers. Historically, the most effective way to attract new customers has been opening new stores. Our current business strategy focuses on opening stores at a
rate of approximately 7% to 10% each year, although given the current economic slowdown, we are uncertain of this range for 2009. Failure to open stores at this rate could negatively impact our long-term growth.

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This excerpt taken from the FAST 10-K filed Feb 21, 2008.

Available Information

Our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act, are available free of charge on or through our website at www.fastenal.com as soon as reasonably practicable after such reports have been filed with or furnished to the SEC.

 

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

In addition to the other information in this Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007, the following factors should be considered in evaluating our business. Our operating results depend upon many factors and are subject to various risks and uncertainties. The material risks and uncertainties known to us which may cause the operating results to vary from anticipated results or which may negatively affect our operating results and profitability are as follows:

This excerpt taken from the FAST 10-K filed Feb 23, 2007.

Available Information

Our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act, are available free of charge on or through our website at www.fastenal.com as soon as reasonably practicable after such reports have been filed with or furnished to the SEC.

 

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

In addition to the other information in this Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006, the following factors should be considered in evaluating our business. Our operating results depend upon many factors and are subject to various risks and uncertainties. The material risks and uncertainties known to us which may cause the operating results to vary from anticipated results or which may negatively affect our operating results and profitability are as follows:

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