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The war in Ukraine is pushing bread prices higher in the Middle East. That could lead to unrest.

Mar 28, 2022
High bread prices have helped topple governments in the region.
Egyptian men work in a bakery at a market in Cairo on March 17, 2022. Russia's invasion of Ukraine has caused wheat prices to soar — necessary for bread, an important food staple in the Middle East.
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Behemoth office supply company on offer for bargain basement price

Jun 29, 2017
You’ve seen the headlines: the death of retail, the retailpocalypse, the end of the shopping mall as you know it. Well, add another line to that narrative: Staples, the office supply store, has agreed to sell itself off for nearly $7 billion. Sales and profits at Staples have been dropping steadily for four years. So […]

Staples and Office Depot fight FTC for merger

Mar 21, 2016
The FTC argues that a merger will hurt big businesses that buy office supplies on a national scale.
The merger between Staples and Office Depot is valued at $6.3 billion.
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Why Staples may be allowed to buy Office Depot

Feb 4, 2015
Aided by a changing competitive landscape, $6.3 billion deal could be approved.

More gadgets, less ink: Staples cuts back

Mar 6, 2014
Analysts say part of the problem is too much competition from the likes of Amazon.

3D printers: Now available with a click of the 'Easy Button'

May 6, 2013
Has 3D printing finally gone mainstream? Staples says it will start carrying the Cube 3D printer made by 3D Systems.

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Office Depot, meet OfficeMax

Feb 20, 2013
This morning, OfficeMax and Office Depot confirmed that they're merging to better compete in the marketplace.

Staples shifts strategy to selling more products online

Sep 26, 2012
The office-supply chain will close dozens of stores in the U.S. and Europe and increase its selling online and through mobile apps.

Staples loses sales, Target nabs a profit

Aug 15, 2012
Shares in the office supply store Staples are down 15 percent this morning after the company said its sales dropped 5.5 percent last quarter. Meanwhile, the discount retailer Target said it made a $700 million profit last quarter