Staples approves $1.5 billion stock buyback

Framingham, Mass. -- Staples said Tuesday that its board of directors had approved a new $1.5 billion stock buyback program, replacing a previous program approved in June 2007. The prior program had $295 million in authorization remaining.

Under this program, the company will repurchase shares in both open market and privately negotiated transactions. The company's management will determine the timing and amount of the transactions based on its evaluation of market conditions and other factors, Staples said.

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