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• Delhaize Group said that its first quarter profits in its US operations were $241.2 million on revenues of $4.6 billion, compared to U.S. operating profit of $240.6 million on revenues of $4.38 billion for the same quarter last year.

Total Q1 sales for the global company were the equivalent of $6.9 billion (US), down from $7.2 billion (US) a year earlier; first quarter operating profit was the equivalent of $316.9 million (US), down from $353.7 million (US).

• Wal-Mart announced that its April sales were $29.18 billion, up from $26.57 billion during the same month a year ago, on same-store sales that were up 3.2 percent.

• Royal Ahold said yesterday that its total Q1 sales dropped 1.3 percent to the equivalent of $11.6 billion, which it blamed on the slide of the US dollar. The company said that first quarter same-store sales at US units open at least a year rose 1.2 percent at Stop & Shop and fell 1.5 percent at the Giant- Landover division.

• Costco Wholesale Corp. said that its April 2008 sales were $5.54 billion, up 12 percent from $4.94 billion in the same month period last year. Same-store sales were up eight percent.

Year-to-date sales for Costco were $46.88 billion, an increase of 12 percent from $41.90 billion during the same period a year ago, on same-store sales that were up eight percent.

• PriceSmart, the membership club company operating 25 stores in central America and the Caribbean, announced that its April sales increased 28 percent to $88.9 million from $69.5 million during the same month a year ago. Same-store sales were up 22.1 percent.

Year-to-date, sales were up 25.3 percent to $716.5 million from $571.9 million a year ago, with same-store sales up 20.3 percent.

• Family Dollar Stores said that its April sales increased 7.2 percent to $516.0 million, on same-store sales that were up 4.3 percent.

• Longs Drug Stores announced that its April sales were up 0.4 percent to $366 million, on same-store sales that were down 1.5 percent.

• Dollar Tree announced that its first quarter sales rose 9 percent to $1.05 billion, on same-store sales that were up 2.1 percent.
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