CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Dollar Tree Stores here said sales of back-to-school and Halloween items helped lift sales by 9.6% and earnings by 19% during the fiscal third quarter that ended Nov. 3. But economic pressures could depress sales in the current quarter, the company added. In a conference call discussing results, Bob Sasser, president and chief executive officer, said the chain would rely on more frequent shopping trips driven by increased food offerings as it weathers effects of economic ...

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