Posted July 18, 2018

Grainger sales up 9.4 percent

Grainger reported second-quarter sales of $2.9 billion increased 9.4 percent versus $2.6 billion in the second quarter of 2017.

Net earnings of $237 million, or $4.16 per share, compared to earnings of $98 million, or $1.67, in the 2017 second quarter. The improvement in earnings was driven mostly by higher sales, operating expense leverage, a lower tax rate and a lower share count.

"The second quarter exceeded our expectations, with strong growth from U.S. large and medium customers, gross profit that was better than anticipated and meaningful operating expense leverage. We continue to gain share across both large and medium customers and acquire medium customers amid a strong economy. In Canada, we are on schedule with the business turnaround. And the single channel and international businesses also improved operating performance," said DG Macpherson, chairman and chief executive officer. 

The company raised its 2018 sales and earnings per share guidance for the year and now expects sales growth of 5.5 to 8.5 percent and earnings per share of $15.05 to $16.05.