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.

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