AHOLD'S MULTI-STAGE PERFORMANCE

CHANTILLY, Va. -- For years, one of the biggest U.S. supermarket industry questions was, when will Ahold USA here make an acquisition that extends it beyond its Eastern U.S. concentration?Last year the global retailer finally answered that question. In doing so, Ahold proved it looks at this country in more than one dimension. It gained a national presence not by acquiring another retailer but rather

CHANTILLY, Va. -- For years, one of the biggest U.S. supermarket industry questions was, when will Ahold USA here make an acquisition that extends it beyond its Eastern U.S. concentration?

Last year the global retailer finally answered that question. In doing so, Ahold proved it looks at this country in more than one dimension. It gained a national presence not by acquiring another retailer but rather by plunging into a new business with the acquisition of U.S. Foodservice, Columbia,

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