| 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. The GWW YTD return is shown above.
The YTD Return on the GWW YTD return page and across the coverage universe of our site,
is a measure of the total return for a given investment year-to-date for the current calendar year
(up to the end of prior trading session). Arguably, choosing the current calendar year for a measurement
period is on the one hand completely arbitrary, but on the other hand a year-to-date look can be extremely
useful in the context of our country's tax system which taxes gains and income on a calendar year basis.
Thus, researching Year-To-Date Returns is good practice for investors — whether GWW YTD return or other benchmarks/peers
— and when doing so it is also important to factor in dividends, because a financial instrument's YTD return is
more than just the change in price if that instrument pays a dividend or coupon. Our website aims to empower investors
by performing the GWW YTD return calculation (with any dividends reinvested as applicable), and to provide a
coverage universe of many stocks and ETFs to be able to compare YTD returns.