Family Dollar Margins Pressured

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar Stores said last week the expansion of consumables, including increased assortments of national brands, is helping to drive comparable-store sales while having a slightly negative impact on gross margins. For the first quarter that ended Nov. 27, comps rose 6.9% the biggest first-quarter jump in more than 12 years, the company said while overall sales rose 9.5% to just

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar Stores said last week the expansion of consumables, including increased assortments of national brands, is helping to drive comparable-store sales while having a slightly negative impact on gross margins.

For the first quarter that ended Nov. 27, comps rose 6.9% — the biggest first-quarter jump in more than 12 years, the company said — while overall sales rose 9.5% to just un

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