Ahold said food price disinflation and the effects of lapping a sales boost related to Hurricane Sandy led to a 2.1% decline in U.S. sales and in non-fuel identical-store sales for the fiscal fourth quarter. U.S. sales totaled $6 billion for the quarter. Comparable-store sales, excluding fuel, decreased by 2%, and market share dipped slightly, reflecting the effect of Hurricane Sandy last year when Ahold was able to reopen stores faster than many of its competitors in the ...

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