AMSTERDAM — A repositioned Ahold is holding up well in a difficult economy. The retailer here on Monday reported increases in sales and net profits for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Dec. 28, with U.S. chains Stop & Shop and Giant-Landover each posting their best quarterly identical-store sales in five years. In an interview with SN yesterday, Larry Benjamin, chief operating officer of Ahold USA, credited its performance in the U.S. — where sales grew by 3.9% in the quarter ...

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