AMSTERDAM — Ahold here said Friday that fourth-quarter comparable-store sales were up 3.1% at Stop & Shop, but slid 0.3% at Giant-Landover. At Giant-Carlisle, comps were up 5.7% for the period. For the full year, comps rose 1.7% at Stop & Shop, decreased 0.9% at Giant-Landover and rose 5.1% at Giant-Carlisle. Total sales at Stop & Shop/Giant-Landover increased 2% for the fourth quarter, to $3.9 billion, and 1.5% for the year, to $16.7 billion. Sales at Giant-Carlisle were up 8.6% for the fourth quarter, to $1 billion, and 13% for the year, to $4.3 billion, due in part to the acquisition of Clemens Markets in the fourth quarter of 2006. Total sales at Ahold rose just 0.2% for the fourth quarter, but were up 6.5% at constant exchange rates, reflecting the decline of the U.S. dollar against the euro. For the year, sales rose 1.2%, to about $41.38 billion, but at constant exchange rates sales were up 6.1%.
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