AMSTERDAM — Ahold here last week reported identical-store sales gains at its U.S. banners for the fourth quarter and fiscal year, as strong sales volumes overcame price deflation and sales promotions. The identical-store sales growth exceeded analyst estimates as well as the sales performance of peers in the same period, indicating Ahold increased market share for the quarter, particularly in the Washington, D.C., market where the Giant-Landover division showed a 1.6% identical-store sales ...

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