Staples, Inc.

Industry: Speciality Stores

Fortune Rank: 101

Staples is an office supplies retailer with 1,559 office supply stores (as of 1/04) in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal. SPLS also operates catalog operations, a contract stationery business and e-commerce sites. For the 26 weeks ended 7/30/05, sales rose 13% to $7.37B. Net income rose 24% to $306.6M. Results reflect higher comparable sales, positive impact of exchange rates, and higher margins.

Staples, Inc. (Staples) is an office supplies retailer that sells its products through a superstore concept. The Company conducts operations through three segments: North American Retail, North American Delivery and International Operations. The Company sells a wide variety of office supplies and services, business machines and related products, computers and related products, and office furniture. Staples' product offering includes Staples, Quill and other branded products, which represented more than 15% of its total sales during the fiscal year ended January 29, 2005 (fiscal 2004). The Company is also introducing new products, like the One Touch Stapler and Wordlock, under the Staples brand. It also offers an array of services, including high speed, color and self-service copying, other printing services, faxing, and pack and ship services.

Staples, Inc.

Staples, Inc. is a Fortune 500 company. In 2010 Staples, Inc. was ranked number 101 on the Fortune 500 list, making it the 101st largest company in the United States when judged by revenue.

Staples, Inc. achieved revenue of $24,275.50 million in 2010 and earned a profit of $738.70 million.

Staples, Inc.' rank improves

The company ranking improved in 2010, moving up the Fortune 500 list to 101st compared to 109th in 2009. This was based on its 2009 revenue of $23,084 million (a change of 1 million compared to 2010) and profits of $805 million (a change of $-66 million compared to 2009).

Another point of view

To many investors, profits are more important than the revenue a company earns. If the Fortune 500 was ranked by profits instead of revenue then Staples, Inc. would be ranked 170th rather than 101st due to its profits of $739 in 2010.

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