MATTHEWS, N.C. — Responding to consumer demand for affordable basic needs, Family Dollar Stores here said that it would expand the space allotted for food and consumable products at its stores beginning in May. “Right now our customers are focused on needs, and so that’s why we’re focused on driving consumables,” Kenneth Smith, chief financial officer, said Wednesday in a conference call discussing second-quarter results. “That’s where the action is today.” The discounter said a 13% ...

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