Difficult economic times for fixed-income consumers are finding their way to the performance of the retailers that serve them. This month marks the third anniversary of the gasoline price increases that signaled the beginning of additional financial pressure on the lower-income consumer, noted Joan Storms, an analyst covering dollar stores for Wedbush Morgan Securities, Los Angeles. "It affected dollar stores across the board," Storms told SN. "Just look at a comparable-store sales ...

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