U.S. Dollar Stores - Statistics & Facts

Typically selling inexpensive items, dollar stores or price-point retailers predominantly sell all of their merchandise at a single price. The dollar store industry has grown rapidly throughout the United States and North America in general in recent years. The stores tend to be located in smaller communities that are too small for Walmart's. Dollar store sales amounted to approximately 24 billion U.S. dollars in 2011 and that figure only pertained to grocery and consumable products sales; and is estimated to increase to about 27.65 billion U.S. dollars by 2016.

The two major competitors of the dollar store format throughout the nation are Dollar General and Dollar Tree, which purchased Family Dollar in 2015. In 2016, Dollar General's net sales amounted to about 22 billion U.S. dollars and Dollar Tree generated about 15.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2015, albeit Dollar Tree's figure incorporates sales made in Canada as well.

The gap between mass merchandisers, supercenters and dollar stores is shrinking. A survey conducted in September of 2014 revealed that about 65 percent of consumer packaged goods were bought by U.S. households in dollar stores.

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