| W.W. Grainger is a distributor of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products and services. Co. provides a range of products to its customers including material-handling equipment, safety and security supplies, lighting and electrical products, power and hand tools, pumps and plumbing supplies. Co.'s U.S. segment provides MRO supplies and other related products and services through seCommerce platform, catalogs, branches and sales and service representatives. Co.'s Canadian segment includes Acklands – Grainger Inc. and its subsidiaries. Co.'s Other businesses include Zoro Tools, Inc. in the U.S. and MonotaRO Co., Ltd. in Japan, which operates in Japan and other Asian countries. We show 40 historical shares outstanding datapoints in our coverage of GWW's shares outstanding history.|
Understanding the changing numbers of GWW shares outstanding — and
comprehending the concept of differing number of shares outstanding in general comparing companies like GWW versus peers —
is critical for investors. Many "beginner" or "novice" investors will look at one stock trading at a price of $10 per share and another trading at
a price of $20 per share and think the latter company is worth twice as much. Of course, that is a completely meaningless comparison without also knowing how many shares outstanding there are for each of the two companies.
Furthermore, via issuance of new shares over time, or the repurchase of existing shares, the number of shares outstanding can fluctuate over the course of history.
With this page we aim to empower investors researching GWW by allowing them to research GWW shares outstanding history
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