This excerpt taken from the GWW 8-K filed Oct 17, 2005.
Nine Months Results
Sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2005, were $4.1 billion, up 9 percent versus the first nine months of 2004. Net earnings increased 23 percent to $242 million versus $197 million in 2004. Earnings per share increased 23 percent to $2.65 from $2.15.
W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2004 sales of $5 billion, is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions throughout North America. Through a network of nearly 600 branches, 18 distribution centers and multiple Web sites, Grainger helps customers save time and money by providing them with the right products to keep their facilities running.