ZAANDAM, Netherlands -- Ahold here reported increased sales and operating earnings for its U.S. holdings for the third quarter and 40 weeks ended Oct. 9. rose 14.3% for the quarter to $1.7 billion and 10.8% for the year to date to $5.6 billion. Excluding Red Food Stores, Chattanooga, Tenn., which Ahold acquired earlier this year, U.S. sales rose 5.8%. The company said Giant Food Stores, Carlisle, Pa., realized "a considerable [sales] increase, and the successful implementation of marketing ...

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