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ECOLAB CALLS $50 MILLION OF 10-3/8 PERCENT DEBENTURE

 ECOLAB CALLS $50 MILLION OF 10-3/8 PERCENT DEBENTURE
 ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Ecolab (NYSE: ECL)


announced it has retired $50 million of its $125 million 10.375 percent debentures, due 1998-2017, with proceeds from the sale of its discontinued ChemLawn business.
 Ecolab Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Pierson M. Grieve commented, saying, "Ecolab's financial objectives include the achievement of an "A" rated balance sheet. This action, along with the scheduled October repayment of our $48 million 9.35 percent notes, is consistent with progress toward that goal. We will continue to use our strong cash flow and increasing profitability to support our business growth and further strengthen our financial position."
 Ecolab is a leading worldwide developer and marketer of premium cleaning, sanitizing and maintenance products and services for the hospitality, institutional and industrial markets. For the year ended Dec. 31, 1991, Ecolab reported sales of $918 million and earnings per share from continuing operations of $1.91 per share. Ecolab shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the Pacific Stock Exchange under the symbol ECL.
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 /CONTACT: Michael J. Monahan of Ecolab, 612-293-2809/
 (ECL) CO: Ecolab Inc. ST: Minnesota IN: CHM SU:


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