Ahold Continues to Deconsolidate

THE POSSIBILITY OF a merger between Ahold and Delhaize was a hot topic in the Old World business press this summer, and some analysts think the two trans-Atlantic food retailers are getting closer to a merger than ever. After a strategic review of its assets that took several months, Amsterdam-based Ahold said last month that it would divest its Tops supermarket chain, based in Buffalo, N.Y., and

THE POSSIBILITY OF a merger between Ahold and Delhaize was a hot topic in the Old World business press this summer, and some analysts think the two trans-Atlantic food retailers are getting closer to a merger than ever.

After a strategic review of its assets that took several months, Amsterdam-based Ahold said last month that it would divest its Tops supermarket chain, based in Buffalo, N.Y., and its U.S. Foodservice distribution business, based in Columbia, Md.

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