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• Dutch-owned Royal Ahold says that its fourth quarter net profit was the equivalent of $365 million (US), down 8.2 percent from the same period a year ago. Q4 sales were up 3.3 percent to the equivalent of $9.3 billion (US). The company said that Q4 sales were down one percent to $5.73 billion in the United States.

• Village Super Market, Inc. reports that its second quarter net income was $6.7 million, down 15 percent from the same period a year ago. Q2 sales were $315.3 million, up 0.8 percent from a year ago, on same-store sales that were down 1.7 percent.

• BJ’s Wholesale Club reports that its February sales were up 12.8 percent to $755.2 million, from $669.6 million during the same period a year ago, on same-store sales that were up 7.7 percent.

• Walgreen Co. said that its February sales reached $5.31 billion, up 3.2 percent from $5.14 billion during the same month in 2009, with same-store sales up 0.4 percent.
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