GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General here on Tuesday reported third-quarter sales and earnings that exceeded analyst estimates, but sounded a note of caution for the current fourth quarter. Although sales for Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season have been “encouraging,” consumers are also exhibiting erratic spending behavior indicating uncertainty about the economy, Rick Dreiling, chief executive officer of the 10,300-store small discounter, told analysts ...

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