CONSOLIDATION CONTINUES WITH SALES OF SMALLER COMPANIES

The industry continued to consolidate in 2001, although the size of the deals was generally smaller than in prior years.In one of the year's few big transactions, Netherlands-based Ahold added to its U.S. supermarket stable when it acquired Bruno's Supermarkets, Birmingham, Ala. -- its first retail acquisition since its 1998 purchase of Giant Food, Landover, Md. The acquisition was expected to enable

The industry continued to consolidate in 2001, although the size of the deals was generally smaller than in prior years.

In one of the year's few big transactions, Netherlands-based Ahold added to its U.S. supermarket stable when it acquired Bruno's Supermarkets, Birmingham, Ala. -- its first retail acquisition since its 1998 purchase of Giant Food, Landover, Md. The acquisition was expected to enable Ahold to extend its penetration in the South beyond the Carolinas and into Alabama,

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