AHOLD TO SEEK ROLE ON MULTICHANNEL STAGE

ZAANDAM, Netherlands -- Ahold here said last week it is seeking to become "a multichannel food provider," an effort under way in the United States with the company's acquisition of the nation's second-largest food-service company and pending acquisition of an 87-unit convenience store chain in upstate New York.Ahold also said it expects earnings to be "strongly higher" this year, with earnings per

ZAANDAM, Netherlands -- Ahold here said last week it is seeking to become "a multichannel food provider," an effort under way in the United States with the company's acquisition of the nation's second-largest food-service company and pending acquisition of an 87-unit convenience store chain in upstate New York.

Ahold also said it expects earnings to be "strongly higher" this year, with earnings per share increasing between 17% and 20%.

In other news, Ahold said:

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