Pending merger partners Ahold and Delhaize Group on Thursday separately reported improved financial performance in the U.S., each citing previously disclosed sales improvements. Ahold reported net profit of around $276 million (U.S.) in the fourth quarter, a 16% increase driven by a 21% increase in total revenues. Delhaize reported a quarterly profit of around $125 million (U.S.), following a loss in the same period last year. Delhaize sales were up by 9% in the quarter. Both companies ...

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