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MAIL BOXES ETC. OPENS FIRST CENTERS IN AUSTRALIA AND BRAZIL; MORE THAN 2,000 MBE CENTERS NOW OPEN WORLDWIDE

 SAN DIEGO, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Mail Boxes Etc.(R) (NASDAQ: MAIL) (MBE) has opened its first MBE centers in Australia and Brazil. The new retail postal, business and communications service center in Australia is located in Neutral Bay, New South Wales. The new center in Brazil is in Sao Paulo at Rue Oscar Freire, 953.
 "Our openings in Australia and Brazil are landmarks in expanding Mail Boxes Etc. worldwide," said A.W. (Tony) DeSio, MBE president and chief executive officer. "MBE's international network now extends to countries in western Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, the Caribbean and North America, as well as Australia. We anticipate further expansion, particularly in Europe, South America and the Asia Pacific area."
 MBE Australia Managing Director Michael Larkins holds the master licenses for Australia and New Zealand. "Continuing changes in the Australian postal system have spurred great interest in MBE centers," said Larkins. "Our plans are to open 200 MBE centers in Australia and New Zealand within the next five years."
 Jairo Adriano de Silva Filho of Uberaba owns the MBE Master License in Brazil. de Silva Filho has extensive ranching interests in Brazil.
 "We expect to open 300 MBE centers throughout Brazil during this decade," said de Silva Filho. "As the number of small businesses, consultants, entrepreneurs and free-lancers in the country increases, there is a growing demand for business support services such as those provided by Mail Boxes Etc.," he said.
 Mail Boxes Etc. is the world's largest franchiser of neighborhood retail service centers specializing in postal, business and communications services. MBE makes its network available to national and international companies as an alternative to establishing or expanding their own service distribution systems. There are now more than 2,000 Mail Boxes Etc. centers operating in the United States and internationally. Each MBE center is independently owned and operated.
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 /CONTACT: Mary E. Schmidt, Mail Boxes Etc., 619-455-8800; or Idan Sims, Sims & Associates Inc., 212-725-3838/
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