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Staples Brands Telecommunications Subsidiary 'Staples Communications'
    Business/Technology Editors

    FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 16, 1999--Staples Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) today announced it has renamed its telecommunications subsidiaries, The Claricom Companies to "Staples Communications." Staples acquired the privately held telecommunications products and services provider in March 1999.

"Staples' brand recognition and reputation will enable us to expand our telecommunications customer base," said Neil Lichtman, president of Staples Communications. "Offering high-quality telecommunications products and services is another way Staples is helping customers run their businesses more efficiently and effectively."

Staples Communications offers a full spectrum of network services, such as local and long distance, internet access, paging, data and other related network services, as well as a full portfolio of business communications solutions including voice, data, and videoconferencing hardware and software from some of the worlds leading manufacturers. For more information call 1-800-678-9866 or visit our web site at www.staplescom.com.

Staples Inc. is a $7 billion retailer of office supplies, furniture and technology to consumers and businesses, from home-based businesses to Fortune 50 companies, in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany. Staples, headquartered outside Boston, invented the office superstore concept and today is the largest operator of office superstores in the world. The company has more than 44,000 associates serving the business customer through more than 980 office superstores, mail order catalogs, e-commerce and a contract business. More information on the company is available at http://www.staples.com.

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     CONTACT: (Media)
              Staples Inc.
              Kathy Montal
              508-253-7895
              kathy.montal@staples.com
                    or
              (Investor)
              Staples Inc.
              John Mahoney
              508-253-7342
              john.mahoney@staples.com

     KEYWORD: MASSACHUSETTS
     INDUSTRY KEYWORD: COMED COMPUTERS/ELECTRONICS TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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