ZAANDAM, Netherlands -- Ahold here said sales in the United States increased 5% while operating earnings rose 14.6% for the first quarter ended April 19. rkedly higher sales," the company said. Bi-Lo, Mauldin, S.C., also had higher sales "to a slightly lesser extent," the company noted, while sales at Tops Friendly Markets, Buffalo, N.Y., were flat. Operating earnings in the United States totaled $182.4 million, compared with $159.1 million a year ago, with Bi-Lo and Stop & Shop ...

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