AHOLD LOOKS TO MAKE SALES GOAL A YEAR EARLY

ZAANDAM, Netherlands -- Ahold here said last week it is on track to achieve sales of nearly $61 billion by the end of 2001 -- a year ahead of its 1998 prediction that it would reach that goal by 2002.Cees van der Hoeven, president and chief executive officer, said the company should be able to reach its sales goal this year excluding any acquisitions it might make. Ahold intends to continue to grow

ZAANDAM, Netherlands -- Ahold here said last week it is on track to achieve sales of nearly $61 billion by the end of 2001 -- a year ahead of its 1998 prediction that it would reach that goal by 2002.

Cees van der Hoeven, president and chief executive officer, said the company should be able to reach its sales goal this year excluding any acquisitions it might make. Ahold intends to continue to grow in part through acquisitions, he added, though he did not disclose any specific plans

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