*NEWS*OFFICE DEPOT SACKS 4 AFTER REVIEW

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*NEWS*OFFICE DEPOT SACKS 4 AFTER REVIEW

 user 2007-11-14 at 10:58:00 am Views: 59
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    Depot sacks four after accounting review
    November 2007 — Delray Beach (FL): Office Depot has identified “a material weakness in its internal controls” and has sacked four members of its merchandising staff following the release of the Audit Committee’s findings from a review of the company’s accounting for certain vendor programme funds.The investigation revealed errors in timing of vendor programme recognition and included evidence that some individuals within the company’s merchandising organisation failed to provide Depot’s accounting staff with complete or accurate documentation of future purchase or performance conditions in certain vendor programmes that would have required recognition of the related vendor funds to be deferred into future periods.

    The Committee said that during the period beginning in Q3 2006 and ending Q2 2007 funds due, or received, from vendors previously recognised in the current quarter should have been deferred into later periods.The anticipated impact of these errors will reduce gross profit, operating profit, net earnings and EPS in prior quarters and will result in related amounts being recognised in future periods. Depot estimates that it will reduce diluted EPS by $0.02 in Q3 2006, $0.03 in Q4 2006, $0.01 in Q1 2007, and $0.02 in Q2 2007. The diluted EPS impact of approximately $0.07 per share will be recognised beginning in the second half of 2007 and in decreasing amounts in years from 2008 through 2010.Depot anticipates making all necessary filings and releasing its delayed Q3 2007 results by the end of November but an exact date has yet to be confirmed.