THE DEAL'S OFF

CARTERET, N.J. -- Pathmark last week was a company enraged.Ahold's decision to pull out of its Pathmark acquisition agreement left the New Jersey retailer without the deep pockets it was counting on to grow its business and handle its expenses.Pathmark accused Ahold of failing to meet its agreement and promised the Dutch company would be held accountable."It is clear that Ahold has not used its best

CARTERET, N.J. -- Pathmark last week was a company enraged.

Ahold's decision to pull out of its Pathmark acquisition agreement left the New Jersey retailer without the deep pockets it was counting on to grow its business and handle its expenses.

Pathmark accused Ahold of failing to meet its agreement and promised the Dutch company would be held accountable.

"It is clear that Ahold has not used its best efforts to get this deal closed, as they are contractually obl

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