AHOLD WILL DIVEST WEAK ASSETS

ZAANDAM, Netherlands -- Ahold put rumors about the potential resignation of its president and chief executive officer to rest last week, but the multinational retailer, based here, spawned fresh speculation about the fate of its far-flung retail empire.In a conference call in which the company released its third-quarter earnings a week early and lowered its 2002 earnings outlook for the second time,

ZAANDAM, Netherlands -- Ahold put rumors about the potential resignation of its president and chief executive officer to rest last week, but the multinational retailer, based here, spawned fresh speculation about the fate of its far-flung retail empire.

In a conference call in which the company released its third-quarter earnings a week early and lowered its 2002 earnings outlook for the second time, Ahold said it was conducting a strategic review of its operations and would seek to d

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