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Staples Announces Dates for Reporting Second Quarter 2008 Results and Discussing the Acquisition of Corporate Express

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 11, 2008--Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPLS) announced today that due to the timing of its acquisition of Corporate Express N.V. it will report results, and file its Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ending Saturday, August 2, 2008, on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 instead of on Tuesday, August 19, 2008, as previously scheduled. Accordingly, Staples, Inc. will hold its quarterly conference call to discuss second quarter 2008 results on September 3, 2008 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time (7:00 a.m. Central Time). The company's second quarter 2008 results will include the results of Corporate Express for July 2008.

Additionally, on August 19, 2008 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time (7:00 a.m. Central Time), Staples' Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ron Sargent, and Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, John Mahoney, will hold a conference call to discuss the company's integration strategy for Corporate Express and the impact of the acquisition on Staples' future results.

These calls are being webcast by Thomson Reuters and can be accessed at Staples' Web site at

The webcasts are also being distributed through the Thomson StreetEvents Network to both institutional and individual investors. Individual investors can listen to the calls at, Thomson Reuters' individual investor portal. Institutional investors can access the calls via StreetEvents, Thomson Reuters' password-protected event management site, at

About Staples

Staples, the world's largest office products company, is committed to making it easy for customers to buy a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With $27 billion in sales, Staples serves businesses of all sizes and consumers in 27 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. In July 2008, Staples acquired Corporate Express, one of the world's leading suppliers of office products to businesses and institutions. Staples invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and is headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at

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    SOURCE: Staples, Inc.