Competitive pressures for small-box retailers may intensify if the definitive agreement for Dollar Tree to acquire Family Dollar Stores is completed early next year as scheduled, according to industry analysts — though it’s still possible other bidders could alter the outlook, they added. “The combo certainly shakes up the small-box value space,” Sandy Skrovan, U.S. research director for Planet Retail, London, said. “It’s now [going to be] a two-horse ...

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