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Staples

SARGENT MANAGED to expand profits by 18% last year—not bad for a business that might seem mature. He also boosted margins by selling Staples’ brand office supplies in his own outlets as well as in a growing number of grocery stores. In 2005, Sargent added close to 100 new stores to his network of 1,780 in North America and Europe. But for the Framingham (Mass.) company, the biggest sales growth these days comes from delivering office supplies to businesses, most of which order online. Sales through staples.com jumped 27%, to $3.8 billion, last year. That’s quite a pile of pencils and paper clips.

Company Info

2005 Rank

61

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COMPANY INFO

SPLS

Market Value
$ Million

17,925.0

Total Return
$ Million
(1-yr.) 17.7
(3-yr.) 116.0
2005 Sales
$ Billion

16.1

Sales Growth
$ Million
(1-yr.) 11
(3-yr.) 11.5
Long-Term Growth Est. %

17.0

Net income
$ Million

834.4

Net Income Growth
$ Million
(1-yr.) 18
(3-yr.) 25.2
Net Margin %*

5.2

Return on Inv. Capital (%)*

16.8

Share Price
12-Mo. Hi/Lo

25/19

P/E Ratio

22

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Ronald L. Sargent

Ronald L. Sargent, 50

CEO since 2002




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