WRAPUP 1-Grainger beats estimates, Fastenal falls short

martes 14 de abril de 2009 16:47 CEST

* Fastenal sales down 14 pct, Grainger sales dip 12 pct

* Fastenal EPS $0.33 misses estimates of $0.34/shr

* Grainger adj EPS $1.26 beats estimates of $1.06/shr

* Grainger shares up 8 pct, Fastenal down 3 pct

April 14 (Reuters) - U.S. industrial distributor W.W. Grainger Inc (GWW.N: Cotización) reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings, while rival Fastenal Co (FAST.O: Cotización) fell short of market estimates by a penny.

Shares of Grainger rose 8 percent to $83.32, while those of Fastenal were down 3 percent at $36.97.

Sales at both the companies saw a double-digit decline as recession-wary customers cut down on their buying activities.

"We do not believe that we have seen the bottom to the sales decline and expect increased pricing pressure throughout the remainder of the year," Grainger Chief Executive Jim Ryan said in a statement.

The companies have taken a number of measures to curtail costs.While Grainger is on track to cut about 300 to 400 jobs this year, Fastenal has gone slow on store openings and has stopped adding headcount except at store openings and for stores that are growing.   Continuación...