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Staples, Inc. Appoints Vice President Investor Relations
BW1363  JAN 15,1998      12:59  PACIFIC      15:59  EASTERN

( BW)(STAPLES-3)(SPLS) Staples, Inc. Appoints Vice President Investor Relations

    Business Editors

    WESTBOROUGH, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 15, 1998--Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) announced today that it has named Samuel Levenson Vice President, Investor Relations. Mr. Levenson previously served as Director of Investor Relations for the company.
    Mr. Levenson joined Staples in 1994 and was charged with the responsibility of developing the company's first proactive investor relations program. During his tenure with the company, the number of Wall Street brokerage firms publishing research on Staples has increased 50 percent and the company has developed excellent relationships with most of its significant investors. The company's award-winning investor relations program has also been recognized by Investor Relations magazine.
    Mr. Levenson has more than 10 years of investor relations experience. Prior to joining Staples, he was associated with an apparel retail company in a similar capacity. He began his career as an auditor with KPMG Peat Marwick in its Boston Office.
    Mr. Levenson currently serves as the President of the Boston Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute and he is a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts.
    Staples currently operates 742 office products superstores world wide. This included 685 stores in more than 150 markets across the U.S. and Canada, as well as 40 stores in the United Kingdom and 17 in Germany. The Company operates a telephone order business, Staples Direct, and also has contract stationer operations called Staples Business Advantage and Staples National Advantage, which serve the needs of large regional and national corporations, respectively.