Washington, D.C. 20549


                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

                     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
                         Securities Exchange Act of 1934

        Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 8, 2002

                            Dollar General Corporation
               (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

          Tennessee                     001-11421                61-0502302
(State or Other Jurisdiction of  (Commission File Number)   (I.R.S. Employer
Incorporation)                                               Identification No.)


            100 Mission Ridge
        Goodlettsville, Tennessee                                      37072
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  (Address of Principal Executive Offices)                          (Zip Code)

       Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (615) 855-4000

          (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


On August 8, 2002,  Dollar General  Corporation  (the  "Company")  issued a news
release  containing July sales results for the four-week period ending August 2,
2002, an announcement that the Company will host a conference call on August 29,
2002,  and the August  sales  outlook.  A copy of the news  release is  attached
hereto and is incorporated by reference as Exhibit 99.1.


Pursuant  to the  requirements  of the  Securities  Exchange  Act of  1934,  the
Registrant  has duly  caused  this  report  to be  signed  on its  behalf by the
undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

                                 Dollar General Corporation

August 8, 2002                   By:  /s/ Susan S. Lanigan
                                     Susan S. Lanigan
                                     Vice President, General Counsel and
                                     Corporate Secretary

Exhibit Index

Exhibit No.               Item

99.1          News release of August 8, 2002