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A customer walks out of a Family Dollar store at Hickory Grove Market in Charlotte, N.C. on Nov. 29, 2005.
A customer walks out of a Family Dollar store at Hickory Grove Market in Charlotte, N.C. on Nov. 29, 2005.
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Doors opened wide for U.S. retail M&A

The doors have been opened wide for U.S. retail mergers.

Amazon’s seemingly unstoppable march makes it harder for trust busters to prevent big merchants that cater to the same customers from uniting. Pressure on discounter Family Dollar and animal accoutrement purveyor PetSmart, two $7-billion (U.S.) chains, to merge with rivals shows that uppity investors have taken note. Expect more deals of a similar ilk.