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Smaller stores get wares from biggies | (UPI) -- An increasing number of mom and pop stores are no longer using wholesalers but are buying their goods from discount stores.

The Christian Science Monitor says statistics show many owners of small stores -- some of them nearly driven out of business by large chains such as Wal-Mart, Target and Kmart -- actually are adding to the profits of these big stores by shopping there.

The situation is nothing new, though. For decades butchers at the few remaining neighborhood grocery stores have purchased their meat products at chain groceries up the street, rather than going to large meat wholesalers.

In some cases, small stores are able to find soda at a better price at the discounters than they can get from the bottling companies themselves.

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