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Dollar Tree/Family Dollar merger could create Wal-Mart rival but hurt consumers
Dollar Tree/Family Dollar merger could create Wal-Mart rival but hurt consumers

An $8.5 billion merger creating North America's biggest dollar store chain could mean increased competition for mass discounters such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. but less choice for shoppers. In the Baltimore area and elsewhere, retail experts said, Dollar Tree Inc.'s planned purchase of Family Dollar Stores Inc., announced Monday, likely will lead to some store closings, though the companies have not identified any locations. Dollar Tree, which runs mostly suburban stores and sells a mix of consumables as well as items such as gifts, party goods and greeting cards for $1 or less, has about 55 stores in the Baltimore area. Most are scattered throughout Anne Arundel, Baltimore,...

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