| W.W. Grainger is a distributor of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products and services in North America, Japan and Europe. Co.'s MRO product offering is grouped under material-handling equipment, safety and security supplies, lighting and electrical products, power and hand tools, pumps and plumbing supplies, cleaning and maintenance supplies and metalworking tools categories. Co.'s segments are the U.S., which provides MRO products and services through its eCommerce platform, catalogs, branches and sales and service representatives; and Canada, which serves Canadian customers through its distribution center and branch network as well as sales and service representatives. We show 52 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.
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