AHOLD USA NOT AMONG DIVESTITURES

ZAANDAM, Netherlands -- In the wake of Ahold's recent progress in its efforts to raise money to reduce debt, the company's U.S. supermarket operations still appear safe from the auction block, at least for now.Analysts said Ahold's pledge to reduce its $13 billion debt load through the sale of assets might eventually include the disposal of some U.S. chains, but in the near term they expect the company

ZAANDAM, Netherlands -- In the wake of Ahold's recent progress in its efforts to raise money to reduce debt, the company's U.S. supermarket operations still appear safe from the auction block, at least for now.

Analysts said Ahold's pledge to reduce its $13 billion debt load through the sale of assets might eventually include the disposal of some U.S. chains, but in the near term they expect the company to continue to focus on improving the performance of those banners, which include

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