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Check Out Line: That was easy for Staples, eventually

June 11, 2008

easy.jpgCheck out Staples, the successful hunter.
The NBA Finals are still going on at the arena that sports its name, but the office supply retailer is already a winner. 
It took $2.65 billion, but Staples finally convinced Dutch office supplies wholesaler Corporate Express to accept a buyout offer.
Analysts see the deal as making strategic sense in the face of a slow U.S. economy, with big cost savings to be reaped.
Corporate Express gets about 50 percent of its revenue in the U.S. and activist investors had put pressure on the company due to poor performance in that market.
But Corporate Express tried to play defense, making its own deal to buy French rival Lyreco, a deal that now goes by the wayside at the cost of a 30 million euro break up fee.
Also in the basket:
Profits in hand, wealthy family cuts tobacco tie (N.Y. Times)
Squeezing big-box retailing into small city spaces (N.Y. Times)


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