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Office Depot sales down 7%

Office Depot reported sales for the first quarter of 2017 of $2.7 billion compared to $2.9 billion in the first quarter of 2016, a decrease of 7%.

“I am very pleased that we continued our positive momentum into the new year and delivered a strong earnings performance in the first quarter,” said Gerry Smith, chief executive officer of Office Depot. “The company completed its sale of South Korea in late April and also entered into a favorable agreement to sell the operations located in Australia and New Zealand. Going forward, our focus is on executing against our strategic initiatives to grow the North American business.”

Retail Division sales were $1.4 billion in the first quarter of 2017 compared to $1.5 billion in the prior year period. The decline in sales was due to the impact of planned store closures over the past twelve months and a 5% decline in comparable store sales in the quarter versus the prior year due primarily to lower store traffic.

Business Solutions Division sales were $1.3 billion in the first quarter of 2017, a decline of 4% in constant currency compared to the first quarter of 2016. The sales decline was driven by the Contract channel as sales in the Direct channel were approximately flat compared to the prior year period. The sales decline in the Contract channel was primarily due to customer attrition during the period of business disruption related to the prolonged acquisition attempt in 2016.



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