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Office Depot to Buy OfficeMax for $1.17 Billion in Stock

Office Depot Inc. agreed to buy OfficeMax Inc. for $1.17 billion in a bid to revive a retailer that’s been losing sales to online rivals and Staples Inc., the largest U.S. office-supplies chain. The shares of both companies fell, with Office Depot dropping the most since April 2010.

Office Depot will issue 2.69 new shares for each outstanding OfficeMax common share, the companies said today in a statement. Based on Office Depot’s closing price yesterday, that values OfficeMax at $13.50 a share, 26 percent higher than on Feb. 15, before reports the companies were in talks.