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Press release from CNW Group

Going back to school doesn't have to break the bank

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Going back to school doesn't have to break the bank08:00 EDT Tuesday, August 09, 2011With lots of items under $1.00, most consumers are planning to shop at STAPLES for school supplies during the back-to-school seasonRICHMOND HILL, ON, Aug. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - Staples carries all the latest school supplies at low prices, and that's why a recent survey showed 61 per cent of consumers plan to shop at Staples for their school supplies."Basic and fashionable school supplies don't have to burn a hole in parents' wallets," says Steve Matyas, President of Staples Canada. "Finding economical school supplies ranks at the top of the list, which is why our customers depend on us as the retailer to help their kids find what they need to succeed in class!"Staples has already started reducing prices on some of its most popular back-to-school items.Less than a loonie items include:Magnetic Clip Calculator          NOW $0.99 FROM $1.98Staples Erasers 2/pk                                   NOW $0.75 FROM $1.50Staples No-Run School Glue         NOW $0.64 FROM $0.99Hilroy Exercise Books          NOW $0.25 FROM $2.13The Staples Canada survey also shows over 50% of customers will be looking for items such as pen packs, paper refills, glue products and highlighters. "Canadian consumers are savvy and know that they can get great value for their buck at Staples," said Matyas.Look for more items priced at less than a dollar to appear in weekly Staples Canada flyers throughout the back-to-school season. Customers can find their nearest location at www.staples.ca.The survey information from this release was conducted from two studies this past spring in elicited 1764 responses from teachers and consumers. Participants were asked questions such as their retailer of choice to purchase back-to-school products and which products are most needed for under $1.00.About Staples® Canada Staples, Canada's largest office products company, is committed to providing Canadians with a wide choice of office services and products. Serving all types of business—from the small home office to large enterprise—Staples makes it easy for customers to operate their offices efficiently and affordably by offering an extensive selection of office supplies, technology, electronics and office furniture as well as business services, including computer repair and maintenance, and copy and print services. Operating as Bureau en GrosMC in the province of Quebec and Staples® Canada in all other provinces, the company employs over 15,000 associates at 320+ stores and at their head office in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Ranked as one of Canada's top five Canadian companies in Marketing Magazine's Marketing/Leger 2010 Corporate Reputation Survey, Staples/Bureau en Gros is dedicated to offering customers the highest level of service, whether they choose to shop in-store, by catalogue or online. Staples Canada/Bureau en Gros is also invested in a number of corporate giving programs that actively support environmental, educational and entrepreneurial initiatives in Canadian communities from coast to coast. Visit www.staples.ca for more information, and follow us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/StaplesCanada and on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/StaplesCanada For further information: Rachel Swiednicki          Randy Cooray Public Relations Manager         Public Relations Specialist Staples Canada          Staples Canada (905) 737-1147 ext. 2714        (905) 737-1147 ext. 2712 rachel.swiednicki@staples.ca        randy.cooray@staples.ca         Kendra Dubyk       Argyle Communications       (416) 968-7311 ext. 240       kdubyk@argylecommunications.com