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Staples Q2 profit up 36%

Framingham, Mass. -- Staples reported Wednesday that profit for the quarter ended July 30 rose 36% to $176.4 million, compared with $129.8 million in the year-ago period. The quarter included the first weeks of the back-to-school shopping season.

Revenue rose 5% to $5.82 billion, beating Wall Street’s expected $5.64 billion. Same-store sales were flat.