The company said its total sales were down 2 percent in November compared to last year, with organic sales down 3 percent. Grainger's newly-acquired Cromwell Group boosted total sales by 4 percentage points, while foreign exchange negatively impacted sales by 3 points. The organic decline included 1 percentage point decline in price and a 2-point decline from lower sales of seasonal and safety products.
November 2015 had 20 selling days, one more than 2014.
Grainger's U.S. sales were down 2 percent, Canada sales were down 27 percent, while the company's 'Other' segment sales were up 40 percent.
Grainger said its sales performance for customer end markets in November was as follows:
- Retail and Government were up in the low single digits
- Light Manufacturing was down in the low single digits
- Commercial and Contractors were down in the mid-single digits
- Heavy Manufacturing was down in the high single digits
- Resellers was down in the mid-teens
- Natural Resources was down in the mid-twenties
Grainger said that in November of 2014, storms in the northeast U.S. boosted sales of seasonal products, while company sales were also helped by higher demand for Ebola-related safety products.
Grainger will report its 2015 fourth quarter earnings the morning of Jan. 26.