ANNUAL MEETING

ZAANDAM, Netherlands -- Ahold here said last week it may be interested in expanding its European base through a merger or partnership with another European operator.Cees van der Hoeven, Ahold president, did not specify what companies Ahold may be interested in. However, under reporters' questioning during a press conference in conjunction with the annual meeting here, he said Carrefour in France and

ZAANDAM, Netherlands -- Ahold here said last week it may be interested in expanding its European base through a merger or partnership with another European operator.

Cees van der Hoeven, Ahold president, did not specify what companies Ahold may be interested in. However, under reporters' questioning during a press conference in conjunction with the annual meeting here, he said Carrefour in France and Sainsbury and Tesco in the United Kingdom are the kinds of quality companies to which

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