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• Ahold announced this morning that its fourth quarter profit more than doubled to the equivalent of $319 million compared to the same period a year ago; Q4 sales dropped 2.8 percent to the equivalent of $13.5 billion (US). The company said that sales were essentially flat at its Stop & Shop and Giant –Landover divisions in the US, and down at its Tops and Giant-Carlisle divisions.

• Germany’s Metro Group reported that its annual group sales for the 2006 fiscal year were up 7.5 percent to the equivalent of $75.2 billion (US). Part of the growth reportedly is due to its acquisition to Wal-Mart stores in Germany, where Metro managed to help drive the world’s biggest retailer out of the country.
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