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Staples, Inc. CEO and CFO File Sworn Statements Without Modification or Qualification with the SEC

Tuesday, August 13, 2002 7:00 am EDT

Dateline:

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.

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NASDAQ:
SPLS

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) today announced that its President and Chief Executive Officer, Ronald L. Sargent, and its Chief Financial Officer, John J. Mahoney, have each filed sworn statements with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in the form prescribed by the SEC without modification or qualification, pursuant to Commission Order No. 4-460. These statements, made under oath, certify the accuracy of Staples' Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on April 4, 2002, all reports on Form 10-Q and all definitive proxy materials of Staples filed with the SEC since April 4, 2002.

Staples is one of 947 large public companies required to file sworn statements with the SEC under Commission Order No. 4-460. Because Staples is not on a calendar fiscal year, the company was not required to file the sworn statements by August 14, 2002; however, Staples elected to file the sworn statements ahead of its September 17, 2002 deadline.

Additionally, today Staples filed a Current Report on Form 8-K containing copies of Mr. Sargent's and Mr. Mahoney's sworn statements. The Form 8-K is available at http://investor.staples.com.

About Staples

Staples, Inc. is an $11 billion retailer of office supplies, business services, furniture and technology to consumers and businesses from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal. Headquartered outside Boston, Staples invented the office superstore concept and today is the largest operator of office superstores in the world. The company has approximately 53,000 associates serving customers through more than 1,400 office superstores, mail order catalogs, e-commerce and a contract business. More information about the company is available at http://www.staples.com.

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Laurel Lefebvre, 508/253-4080
Director, Investor Relations
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Deborah Hohler, 508/253-8509
Public Relations Manager

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