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Staples To Broadcast Second Quarter 2000 Earnings Conference Call Via Live Webcast

Thursday, August 10, 2000 7:00 am EDT

Dateline:

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.

Public Company Information:

NASDAQ:
SPLS

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Staples Inc.'s management team will host a conference call to be broadcast via the internet for equity analysts, portfolio managers, individual investors, and members of the press on Tuesday, August 15, to announce the company's financial results for its second quarter of fiscal year 2000.

The company will begin the Webcast at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Individuals may access the Webcast from Staples' Web site at http://www.corporate-ir.net/ireye/ir_site.zhtml?ticker=SPLS&script=2400 or at www.staples.com by clicking on the "Corporate Information" link in the upper right hand corner of the home page, then clicking on the "Investor and Media Info" link, then selecting "Corporate Overview" where they may access the Webcast link.

To listen to the event, participants will need a multimedia computer with speakers, with the RealPlayer plug-in installed. In preparation for the Webcast, it is recommended that participants complete the pre-event system test located on the "Corporate Overview" page of Staples' website and pre-register for the event.

From 12:00 p.m. on August 15 until 12:00 a.m. on Friday, August 18, a replay of the Webcast will be available at www.staples.com under Investor and Media Info/Corporate Overview as well as at www.streetevents.com.

About Staples Inc.

Staples Inc., (NASDAQ:SPLS - news), is a $9 billion provider of office supplies, furniture, technology and services to consumers and businesses of all sizes in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal. Headquartered near Boston, Staples invented the office superstore concept and is the largest operator of office superstores in the world. The company has 50,000 employees who help customers slash the cost and hassle of running their businesses through more than 1,200 retail superstores, an e-commerce business, direct mail order operations under the brands of Staples and subsidiary Quill Corporation, and a national accounts contract business. More information about the company is available at http://www.staples.com.

Contact:

Media Contact:
Shannon Lapierre, 508-253-8468
Public Relations Manager
shannon.lapierre@staples.com
or
Investor Contact:
Catherine E. Forte, 508-253-7342
Manager, Investor Relations
catherine.forte@staples.com

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