ZAANDAM, Netherlands -- Royal Ahold here said sales for its U.S. operations increased 14.3% to $2.1 billion for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 and 12.2% to $8.3 billion for the year. Excluding the sales of Mayfair Super Markets, Elizabeth, N.J., volume increased 6.7% and 8.9% for the quarter and year, respectively. per $1) for the year. In the United States, Giant Food Stores and Edwards Super Food Stores both reported "considerably" higher sales due to new store openings, said Ahold. ...

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