ZAANDAM, Netherlands -- Royal Ahold here said the acquisition of Red Food Stores, Chattanooga, Tenn. -- combined with changes in marketing and store formats at other subsidiaries -- contributed to higher sales for its U.S. operations for the fourth quarter and year ended Jan. 1. Sales in the United States rose 12.1% to $7.4 billion for the year and 16.1% to $1.8 billion for the 12-week quarter. Excluding the Red Food Stores acquisition in May, sales were up 6% for the year and 7.5% for the ...

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