MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar Stores here plans to increase space devoted to food items in 2,800 stores during fiscal 2008, its officials said in a conference call yesterday. The discount chain also said it will equip around 1,500 stores with checkouts that facilitate acceptance of food stamps, as the company prepares for what it termed a “a difficult macro-environment with limited near-term visibility” for the fiscal year, which began Sept. 2. “Volatile gasoline prices that burdened our ...

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