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Staples To Broadcast Second Quarter 2004 Earnings Conference Call Via Live Webcast

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 9, 2004--Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPLS) will hold its quarterly conference call to discuss second quarter 2004 results on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time (7 a.m. Central Time).

This call is being webcast by CCBN and can be accessed at Staples' Web site at www.staples.com.

The webcast is also being distributed over CCBN's Investor Distribution Network to both institutional and individual investors. Individual investors can listen to the call through CCBN's individual investor center at www.fulldisclosure.com or by visiting any of the investor sites in CCBN's Individual Investor Network. Institutional investors can access the call via CCBN's password-protected event management site, StreetEvents (www.streetevents.com).

About Staples

Staples, Inc. invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today is the world's largest office products retailer. With 60,000 talented associates, the company is committed to making it easy to buy a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With 2003 sales of $13 billion, Staples serves consumers and businesses ranging from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in the US, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates approximately 1,600 office superstores and also serves its customers through mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract businesses. More information is available at www.staples.com.

CONTACT: Staples, Inc.
Media Contact:
Paul Capelli, 508-253-8530
paul.capelli@staples.com
or
Investor Contact:
Laurel Lefebvre, 508-253-4080
laurel.lefebvre@staples.com

SOURCE: Staples, Inc.