GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Progress on a slate of initiatives to ramp up basket size and customer visits helped Dollar General post a profit and an 11.2% sales increase during the second quarter, the retailer here said last week. Dollar General posted earnings of $27.7 million on sales of $2.61 billion during the quarter, which ended Aug. 1. Dollar General and its predecessor company posted a combined $68.8 million loss in the same period last year, stemming in part from expenses related to its ...

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