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W.W. GRAINGER, INC. SHAREHOLDERS ELECT DIRECTORS; OTHER MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

 CHICAGO, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- At the W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) annual meeting held today, shareholders elected the 11 nominees to the board of directors, all of whom served the previous year. They are:
 -- George R. Baker, corporate director/advisor
 -- Kingman Douglass, corporate counselor
 -- Robert E. Elberson, retired vice chairman, Sara Lee Corporation
 -- Jere D. Fluno, vice chairman, W.W. Grainger, Inc.
 -- Wilbur H. Gantz, president and CEO, PathoGenesis Corporation
 -- David W. Grainger, chairman of the board and president, W.W.
 Grainger, Inc.
 -- Richard L. Keyser, executive vice president, W.W. Grainger, Inc.
 -- John W. McCarter Jr., senior vice president, Booz, Allen &
 Hamilton Inc.
 -- James D. Slavik, president, Mark IV Properties, Inc.
 -- Harold Byron Smith Jr., chairman of executive committee, Illinois
 Tool Works Inc.
 -- Fred L. Turner, senior chairman of the board and chairman of the
 executive committee, McDonald's Corporation
 In addition to the election of the directors, shareholders ratified the appointment of Grant Thornton to continue as independent auditors for the year ending Dec. 31, 1993.
 April Sales
 It was stated that the company's consolidated daily sales to date in April are running at about a 10 percent increase above April 1992, while the Grainger Division is up about 4 percent, with other business units up about 63 percent.
 Capital Expenditures
 Shareholders also were told that 1993 capital expenditures are projected at $60 million with the majority of dollars committed to four project areas: the Grainger Division branch building program; an addition to the company's data services building; the opening of two zone distribution centers (Los Angeles, Atlanta); and the continuing investment in developing and growing the company's other business units.
 W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 1992 sales of $2.4 billion, is a nationwide distributor of equipment, components, and supplies to the commercial, industrial, contractor, and institutional markets. GWW shares are traded on the New York and Midwest stock exchanges.
 -0- 4/28/93
 /CONTACT: R.D. Pappano of W.W. Grainger, Inc., 708-982-9000/
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