AMSTERDAM — Led by a strong performance by its U.S. banners, Ahold posted a 6.2% increase in net income during the first quarter the company here said Tuesday. In the U.S., identical sales improved 3.2% excluding fuel, and total sales increased 7.4% to $7.6 billion in the quarter. The gains came amid “challenging market conditions,” including inflation, a stagnant job market and aggressive competition, Dick Boer, Ahold’s chief executive officer, said in a conference call. Income as a ...

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