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Compression of Small Files

What is the point of BZip compression of intermediate files?

$ ls -lh SDC_2-Pintermediate*
-rw-r----- 1 dario staff 212 Aug  3 21:36 SDC_2-Pintermediate.bz2
-rw-r----- 1 dario staff 272 Aug  3 21:36 SDC_2-Pintermediate

It is just a tiny text file less than 1 KB in size. Compression has no real benefit.