(Corrects to "Tuesday" from "Monday" in first paragraph)
April 4 Staples Inc, the largest U.S.
office supplies retailer, is considering selling itself, and is
in talks with private-equity bidders, a source familiar with the
situation said on Tuesday.
The retailer last year called off a proposed merger with
rival Office Depot Inc, due to antitrust concerns.
Staples spokesman Mark Cautela declined to comment.
The company's shares rose nearly 15 percent in early trading
on the Nasdaq. Staples had a market value of $5.65 billion as of
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that Staples was
exploring a sale.
(Reporting by Sruthi Ramakrishnan in Bengaluru and Lauren
Hirsch in New York; Editing by Sai Sachin Ravikumar)