ZAANDAM, Netherlands -- Ahold here said last week it will maintain its focus on acquisitions in Europe and the Eastern United States.
romodes, Mondeville, that would create the second-largest retailing firm in the world, after Wal-Mart Stores, Bentonville, Ark.
Ahold also said last week its earnings rose 40.6% to $183.3 million in the 12-week quarter ended July 18. Consolidated sales in the same period increased 34.5% to $8.4 billion.
Sales at the company's U.S. operat