SCHAUMBURG, Ill. -- Shopping at dollar stores is becoming an increasing part of American life, according to ACNielsen U.S., an operating unit of ACNielsen Corporation. An ACNielsen Homescan┬┐ consumer panel analysis found that 52% of U.S households shopped at dollar stores such as Family Dollar, Dollar General and Dollar Tree in 1999 -- up from 47% in 1998. rson household). "Dollar stores have carved out a successful niche for themselves," according to Todd Hale, senior vice president, ...

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