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The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area reports that Family Dollar Stores is seeing a sales boost this holiday season not just from the 475 stores that it has opened over the past year, but also from middle-class families who are turning to the value retailer as a source of cheap holiday presents.

The paper quotes a study from ACNielsen saying that almost two-thirds of American shoppers visited dollar stores in 2002, up from about 50 percent of buyers in 1998.
KC's View:
Even as the economy appears to be rebounding on some fronts, it seems to us that a lot of consumers are holding a little tighter to their wallets this holiday season. The world situation just seems too fragile to engage in a frenzy of celebratory buying.