MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar Stores said last week the expansion of consumables, including increased assortments of national brands, is helping to drive comparable-store sales while having a slightly negative impact on gross margins. For the first quarter that ended Nov. 27, comps rose 6.9% — the biggest first-quarter jump in more than 12 years, the company said — while overall sales rose 9.5% to just under $2 billion and net income increased 9.9% to $74.3 million. The increase in ...

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