Financial Snapshots

A digest of observations from electrical companies' earnings reports

W.W. Grainger fourth-quarter earnings up 28%

W.W. Grainger Inc., Chicago, said its fourth-quarter earnings rose 28 percent boosted by lower interest expense. Net income increased to $61.5 million, or 65 cents a share, from $47.9 million, or 51 cents, a year ago. Sales fell to $1.11 billion from $1.21 billion in the same quarter a year ago. Sales for the full year 2001 decreased 4 percent to $4.8 bill

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