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Corporate Express Accepts Staples Offer

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Amsterdam, Netherlands The Dutch office-supplies distributor Corporate Express NV accepted a sweetened buyout offer Wednesday of about $2.7 billion from U.S. office-supplies retailer Staples Inc.

Staples, which pursued the deal to broaden its reach in Europe, raised its offer four times, the last two after Corporate Express made a bid for Lyreco of France in a defensive maneuver. Corporate Express is calling off that deal.

The board of Corporate Express said it decided to endorse the Staples deal and recommend it to shareholders after the U.S. company raised its offer to 9.25 euros ($14.36) per share, up from the previous bid of 9.15 euros.

Including Corporate Express debt being assumed, Staples said the transaction is valued at about 3.1 billion euros ($4.8 billion).

Under the terms of the deal, Peter Ventress, CEO of Corporate Express, will become president, Staples International, a new position that will oversee Staples’ business outside of the United States and Canada, and will report to Ron Sargent. He will play a key part in managing the integration of the two companies going forward.

The offer closes on June 27. Staples said it expected the deal to close in July.

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Walgreens to acquire Express Scripts

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DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens announced that through its subsidiary OptionCare Enterprises it will acquire Express Scripts, a Louisville, Ky.-based home infusion pharmacy division. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The parties expect the transaction to close within 30 days.

This acquisition further expands our national coverage in home infusion services, said Paul Mastrapa, president of Walgreens-OptionCare. CuraScript IP is highly regarded in the industry for its clinical expertise and commitment to exceptional patient care. We welcome this addition to our infusion pharmacy network and look forward to reaching even more patients with this combined high level of personalized therapy and support.

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RadioShack hold DTV info sessions

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FORT WORTH, Texas RadioShack is partnering with the American Library Association to help educate the consumers nationwide about the Digital Television (DTV) Transition set to begin in all 50 states and Puerto Rico on Feb. 17, 2009, and at noon, Sept. 8, in the test market of Wilmington, N.C.

Through this partnership, RadioShack’s 4,500 company stores and many of the 1,000-plus participating franchise stores will offer knowledgeable team members to 16,000 ALA public libraries to host educational sessions for library patrons. Included in these sessions will be information about why the digital television transition is occurring, the benefits digital television offers television viewers, what people need to do in order to continue receiving over-the-air television broadcasts after the conversion occurs, and how to apply for up to two $40 government coupons per household to help reduce the costs of obtaining a digital converter box. RadioShack’s education outreach will also include demonstrations on how to successfully set up a digital converter box to an analog television set.

“We’re excited to be partnering with the American Library Association in the ongoing effort to help educate everyone about this milestone event in television broadcasting history,” said Peter Whitsett, RadioShack’s evp, general merchandising manager. “Consumer education is the number-one key to ensuring a smooth digital transition. While we have focused on store training and advertising to communicate the digital transition to our customers, we want to take advantage of every opportunity to extend our reputation as the trusted neighborhood electronics advisor into the community as a whole. I can think of no better way to do this than by having our knowledgeable team members meet fact-to-face with library patrons to explain the transition and answer questions.”

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