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Bloomberg reports that Walmart "is unlikely" to make a competing bid for Family Dollar stores, having completed an internal analysis of the company.

"Wal-Mart determined that Family Dollar wouldn’t be a good fit with its smaller -format stores, according to one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the deliberations were private," the story says. "The company also hasn’t approached Family Dollar about a bid, another person said."

MNB reported yesterday that Dollar General has made an $8.9 billion bid to acquire Family Dollar, a bid that is significantly higher than the $8.5 billion offered for Family Dollar by Dollar Tree.


USA Today reports that McDonald's has decided, as part of its effort to make Happy Meals more nutritious, to add clementines to its offerings this fall, and is considering the future addition of bananas and blueberries to the menu.

"This is consistent with what we've said we'd do," says Greg Watson, the company's senior vice president of menu innovation. "This is part of the journey we started four years ago to make Mom feel better about Happy Meals."
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