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  • Ahold reported a 3.1 percent decrease in fourth quarter net sales to the equivalent of $15 billion (US). Global sales for the full year decreased 7.3 percent to $63.5 billion (US).

    The company’s US operations saw a fourth quarter sales increase of 10.2 percent to $6.9 billion, with full-year sales that were up 1.6 percent to $27.4 billion.


  • Delhaize Group reported a 4.5% decrease in full year 2004 sales to the equivalent of $22.9 billion, on fourth quarter sales that were down 8.9 percent to $5.37 billion (US).

    Annual sales for Delhaize America were up 1.9 percent to $15.5 billion (US), with fourth quarter US sales down 4.9 percent to $3.7 billion (US).


  • William Morrison Supermarkets in the UK reported that sales for the six weeks ending January 9 were up just 0.1 percent, much less than the 2-3 percent expected by analysts. The company blamed competition and the ongoing integration of acquired Safeway plc stores for its problems.

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