This excerpt taken from the GWW 10-K filed Feb 28, 2005.
Item 6: Selected Financial Data
The results for 2004 included an effective tax rate, excluding the effect of equity in unconsolidated entities, of 35.6%, which was down from 40.0% in the prior year. The lower tax rate resulted in an increase to earnings of $19.4 million or $0.21 per diluted share. The tax rate reduction was primarily due to a lower tax rate in Canada, the realization of tax benefits related to operations in Mexico and to capital losses, the recognition of tax benefits from the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 (the Medicare Act) and the resolution of certain federal and state tax contingencies.
The results for 2002 included an after-tax gain on the sale of securities of $4.5 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, and an after-tax gain on the reduction of restructuring reserves established for the shutdown of the Material Logic business of $1.2 million, or $0.01 per diluted share. These were offset by the cumulative effect of a change in accounting for the write-down of goodwill of $23.9 million after-tax, or $0.26 per diluted share, related to Graingers Canadian subsidiary.
The results for 2001 included an after-tax charge of $36.6 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, related to the restructuring charge established in connection with the closing of the Material Logic business and the write-down of investments in other digital enterprises.
The results for 2000 included an after-tax gain of $17.9 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, related to sales of investment securities.
For further information see Item 7: Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and Notes 3 and 5 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.