API to use for reading XLS in PHP

I need to find a good/fast API for reading XLS files using PHP.  Please let me know what my options are and which you'd prefer to use.

I need to use it to merge several XLS/CSV files into a single csv.

Please provide code examples of reading an XLS file with the API suggested.

Thanks!
AngryLoopAsked:
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Beverley PortlockCommented:
There is an Excel reader project over at SourceForge, but I've never used it.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/phpexcelreader/#item3rd-1

If you are running on Windows you may be able to use the COM interface from PHP, but the sourceforge stuff is probably a better bet.

http://uk3.php.net/com
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AngryLoopAuthor Commented:
Looks promising - let me check it out.
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Loganathan NatarajanLAMP DeveloperCommented:
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Beverley PortlockCommented:
The PEAR one is a WRITER, one I use extensively, but the OP wants a READER.
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