AHOLD TO SHAREHOLDERS: 'NEVER AGAIN'

THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Ahold's chief executive officer was unapologetic about some of the "hard decisions" made over the past year to "get the company back on track," assuring the congress of irate shareholders at the company's annual meeting last week that they will start earning dividends again when Ahold achieves investment-grade profile by the end of 2005."Never again do we want to find ourselves

THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Ahold's chief executive officer was unapologetic about some of the "hard decisions" made over the past year to "get the company back on track," assuring the congress of irate shareholders at the company's annual meeting last week that they will start earning dividends again when Ahold achieves investment-grade profile by the end of 2005.

"Never again do we want to find ourselves in the same situation as last year," said Anders Moberg, who joined the company a

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