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Sweaty palms and bargain bins: Why consumers are flocking to dollar stores

Poundland owner plots major European expansion. Image: Bigstock.
Discount stores are booming in post-Covid Europe as price-sensitive consumers seek out bargains amid inflation and the devastating impacts of the pandemic. UK-based Pepco Group, the owner of discount chains Poundland and Dealz, is planning a major European expansion which is expected to create about 13,000 new jobs, according to Reuters.  In June, Pepco reported first-half underlying earnings of €324 million, up 16.8 per cent, and is targeting more than €1 billion in core earnings withi