Office Depot, OfficeMax in merger talks: source

NEW YORK Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:49pm EST

The Office Max store is seen in Glendale, Arizona October 28, 2009. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

The Office Max store is seen in Glendale, Arizona October 28, 2009.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. office supply chains Office Depot Inc (ODP.N) and OfficeMax Inc OMX.N are in advanced discussions for a merger, a person familiar with the matter said on Monday.

A deal could come as soon as this week, that person said, adding that the talks were ongoing and could still fall apart.

Currently, the deal is expected to be structured as a stock-for-stock transaction, the person said.

Neither company responded to requests seeking comment.

(Reporting by Nadia Damouni; Editing by Dale Hudson)

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