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Oil spill drives Grainger August sales up 20%

W.W. Grainger Inc.’s August daily sales rose 20 percent as it continued to benefit from the oil spill clean up in the Gulf of Mexico, but the industrial distributor said sales for the first week of September were slowing sequentially. Get the full story »

N.Y. to require cleaning products to list contents

Consumers will get a newly detailed look at exactly what’s in common household cleansers, as regulators plan to start enforcing a nearly 40-year-old state law that would force manufacturers to reveal their products’ contents.

The move comes amid growing scrutiny of the chemicals that make up consumer goods. Possibly the only measures of their kind in the country, the 1971 New York law and related regulations call for manufacturers to provide ingredient lists and research on the products’ health and environmental effects.