Shares of Family Dollar rose today after solid third-quarter earnings. Sales were up 9% and comps rose early 3%. Despite the good numbers, Motley Fool analyst Jason Moser is reluctant to consider the stock. For one thing, retail giants such as Wal-Mart and Amazon.com pose an ever-present threat. Moreover, Family Dollar is already facing direct competition from other discount retailers suhc as Big Lots and Dollar Tree . For those reasons and more, Jason recommends investors avoid the stock.

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The article Family Dollar's Getting Pricey originally appeared on Fool.com.

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