Dollar General has made an all-cash bid of nearly ten billion dollars for rival Family Dollar.
The deal equals $78.50 per share, or about $9.7 billion.
That tops a buy-out offer made last month by Dollar Tree, valued at $8.5 billion.
All three of the retailers are general store chains that specialize in low-cost consumer goods.
Dollar General describes itself as the largest discount retailer in the u-s, with more than 11-thousand stores in 40 states.
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