AMSTERDAM — Ahold here said Thursday that its fourth-quarter sales increased by 5% over year-ago levels in the U.S., propelled by identical-store sales gains of 2.9% excluding gas. Including gas, IDs were up 3.9% in the U.S., and comparable-store sales (which include net sales from relocations) increased 4.2%. Patrick Roquas, an analyst with Rabobank Securities, Amsterdam, said the ID sales growth was “fully driven by price and slightly negative volumes,” with a ...

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