According to a Lynch report, dated nov 12 99, Staples is the "HomeDepot of the office supply industry". They have a long time buy w/target of $33. Staples faces less competition in ~60% markets than do OD and OM which gives them major advantage to grow same store earnings. Big reason Staple's stock has been depressed has been due to problems with other industry players. Staples looks real good long term!