Family Dollar earnings down, meet Wall Street estimates

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Family Dollar released its third-quarter earnings Thursday morning and the Matthews-based company met Wall Street estimates.

The chain said it earned $2.66 billion in the third quarter. Analysts expected $2.6 billion.

The store's earnings are down by almost $40 million from the same time last year.

The chain said the numbers reflect the financial challenges of its customers.