AHOLD STUMBLES; STOP & SHOP, GIANT STRUGGLE WITH INTEGRATION

ZAANDAM, Netherlands -- Ahold here last week said the integration of its Stop & Shop and Giant-Landover chains has been a bigger distraction than anticipated on its management, but added that the "physical" aspect of the merger is largely behind it.As previously reported, Ahold has been migrating many of the back-office systems of its Giant of Landover, Md., chain over to those of Stop & Shop, Quincy,

ZAANDAM, Netherlands -- Ahold here last week said the integration of its Stop & Shop and Giant-Landover chains has been a bigger distraction than anticipated on its management, but added that the "physical" aspect of the merger is largely behind it.

As previously reported, Ahold has been migrating many of the back-office systems of its Giant of Landover, Md., chain over to those of Stop & Shop, Quincy, Mass., as part of a streamlining initiative.

The company also said

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