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• The Associated Press reports that "discount retailer Dollar Tree said Tuesday it expects to be able to complete its purchase of competitor Family Dollar in May, and said it will have to sell about 340 Family Dollar locations to close the deal." The $8.5 billion deal is being reviewed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which will have the final word on how many stores must be divested in order to preserve a competitive environment for consumers.

• The Wall Street Journal reports that "Nestlé SA aims to exploit growing health concerns about soda as it rolls out new products and ramps up investment in the huge U.S. market to improve the profitability of its global water business ... Nestlé is launching more flavored versions of its sparkling waters—including a new green-apple flavor for Perrier and a cherry lemon flavor for Poland Spring—to capitalize on growing consumer wariness of both sugary and diet soda. Many of its new products will be sold in redesigned slim cans aimed at freshening up the brand."
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