Sales stagnant for Ahold in Q1

Ahold said U.S. sales were down in the first quarter and comps were flat, citing effects of lower gas prices, an earlier Easter holiday, and harsh winter weather.

Excluding the effect of gas prices, which were down by 35% as compared to the same period last year, U.S. sales improved by 0.4%. Identical store sales excluding gas improved by 0.1%.

Officials in a conference call discussing results said desp

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