This excerpt taken from the FAST 8-K filed Oct 2, 2008.
FASTENAL COMPANY RELEASES COMMENTS ON SEPTEMBER 2008 TRENDS
The Fastenal Company of Winona, MN (NASDAQ Symbol FAST) released comments on September 2008 trends.
We plan to release our third quarter earnings on Monday, October 13, 2008. We typically remain silent on information about the final month of the quarter until the earnings release; however, given the sharp drop in share price experienced by a number of industrial stocks on Wednesday, October 1st, and given the unexpected drop in the ISM index1 as reported on Wednesday, October 1st we decided to release some commentary on trends for our shareholders.
As indicated above, it is not our practice to release piecemeal financial information at quarter end. However, given the sharp movement in our stock price, we felt a need to share some preliminary trend information with our long-term shareholder base.
1ISM index index published by the Institute for Supply Management (http://www.ism.ws/)