Grainger (NYSE: GWW), Chicago, reported second-quarter sales of $2.89 billion, up 1% compared to the year-ago period. Profit grew 10% to $260 million. On a constant currency basis, sales increased 2% during the quarter.
For the first six months sales increased 1.2% to $5.69 billion. Profit increased 9.4% to $513 million.