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Dollar General enters race for Family Dollar with $8.95 billion bid

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Dollar General Corp offered to buy Family Dollar Stores Inc for $8.95 billion, trumping Dollar Tree Inc's $8.5 billion bid, to strengthen its position as the No. 1 discount retailer in a highly-competitive U.S. market.

Family Dollar's shares rose 4.5 percent to $79.52 in early trading, above the offer price of $78.50 per share in cash.

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