AMSTERDAM — Ahold on Thursday said net sales of $5.6 billion in its fiscal fourth quarter increased by 6% from the same period in 2009. The retailer attributed a portion of the increase to $125 million in new sales from acquired Ukrop’s stores. Identical-store sales increased by 0.9% excluding gasoline, the company added. For the full year, Ahold said net U.S. sales of 23.5 billion increased by 5.1%, with non-gas identical sales up by 0.4%. “The environment remained challenging and ...

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