AMSTERDAM — A strong holiday season in the U.S. helped Ahold here post quarterly identical-store sales gains at all three of its U.S. banners, Ahold said in a quarterly sales statement Friday.
Stop & Shop/Giant-Landover posted overall sales of $4 billion, a gain of 2.8%, for the 13-week fourth quarter that ended Dec. 28. Identical-store sales, excluding gasoline, increased 4% at Stop & Shop and 1% at Giant-Landover.
Ahold’s Giant-Carlisle division posted sales of $1.1 billion, a 7.9% quarterly gain, with identical-store sales, excluding fuel, increasing by 5.4%.
For the fiscal year, Ahold’s U.S. banners combined for $21.8 billion in sales, up 4% over fiscal 2007, with Giant-Carlisle growing sales by 10% and Stop & Shop/Giant-Landover posting a 2.8% annual sales gain.
Ahold is expected to report its quarterly and full-year earnings in early March.
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