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Get ''Geared 4 School'' Hollywood Style With Ashley Tisdale And Staples; Staples Offers $10,000 Back-To-School Shopping Spree in LA with Teen Celebrity Ashley Tisdale

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 17, 2006--Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) has teamed up with Ashley Tisdale, one of America's hottest young celebrities and star of the Disney Channel's High School Musical and The Suite Life of Zach & Cody, to make this back-to-school season the most exciting ever for teens. During the Staples "Geared 4 School" sweepstakes, teens can win daily and weekly prizes that include this season's hottest back-to-school products. One lucky grand prize winner will get the chance to live the good life in the world's celebrity hub, Los Angeles, CA.

Eligible daily, weekly and grand-prize "Geared 4 School" sweepstakes winners will receive the following Staples prize packs:

    --  The Star Treatment: One lucky grand-prize winner will be flown
        to Los Angeles, CA, to go on a $10,000 Staples shopping spree
        with Ashley Tisdale and experience the Seventeen magazine
        celebrity treatment, which includes a star makeover at a top
        salon and dinner at a swanky Hollywood restaurant - all
        documented on their new digital camera.

    --  Gettin' the Gear: In addition to receiving a personal phone
        call from Ashley, the lucky weekly winners will get this
        season's hottest new backpack filled with a laptop computer,
        MP3 player and more. One hot new back-to-school item will also
        be signed by Ashley.

    --  Autographed by Ashley: Every daily winner will receive a
        special prize pack containing some of the coolest school
        supplies, including one item autographed by Ashley.

"This back-to-school season, I'm teaming up with Staples to get teens excited about heading back to class in style," said Ashley Tisdale, who is also the first female artist to ever debut with two songs simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "Staples has the latest organizational products in the bold new colors and trendy patterns that teens want, and this sweepstakes makes it even easier for teens to get their hands on them for free - maybe even in LA, on a wild shopping spree with me."

Staples "Geared 4 School" sweepstakes runs from July 16 to Sept. 17, and is open to teens ages 13 through 18. Entrants can text-in a special Staples phrase - found in the back-to-school section of participating Staples' stores nationwide and in select advertisements - or enter online at www.geared4school.com for a chance to win some of this season's hottest back-to-school products. Additional information on the sweepstakes, including a copy of the official sweepstakes rules and regulations, can be found online at www.geared4school.com.

About Staples

Staples, Inc. invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today is the world's largest office products company. With 69,000 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 2005 sales of $16.1 billion, Staples serves consumers and businesses ranging from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in 21 countries throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates 1,786 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:
Weber Shandwick
Michelle Young, 312-988-2294
myoung@webershandwick.com
or
Staples, Inc.
Deborah Hohler, 508-253-8509
deborah.hohler@staples.com

URCE: Staples, Inc.