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*Staples tumbles, Lowe's rises after results. NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. stock index futures dipped in thin trading Wednesday amid investor caution ahead of the publication of the minutes of the latest Federal Reserve policy-setting meeting.
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*Staples shares tumble, Lowe's rises after results. *Fed minutes due at 2:00 p.m. EDT ( 1800 GMT. *Retailers led gains in the previous session and will continue to be in focus in early trading as results from companies including Lowe's and Target take center stage.
Aug 21- Staples Inc reported weaker-than-expected quarterly results on Wednesday on dismal sales in international markets such as Europe and Australia, prompting the largest U.S. office supply retailer to cut its outlook for the year. Shares of Staples fell 12.4 percent to $14.75 in trading before the market opened.
Aug 21- Staples Inc, the largest U.S. office supply retailer, reported a drop in quarterly profit on Wednesday, hurt by weak sales in international markets such as Europe and Australia. Net earnings fell to $102.5 million, or 16 cents a share in the second quarter ended on Aug. 3 from $120.4 million, or 18 cents a share, a year earlier.
Aug 21- Staples Inc, the largest U.S. office supply retailer, reported a drop in quarterly profit on Wednesday, hurt by weak sales in international markets such as Europe and Australia.
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