FINANCIAL WATCH

Ahold, Zaandam, Netherlands, last week said consolidated sales rose 38.4% in 1997 to $24.6 billion (NLG 50.5 billion), mainly due to the full year's contribution of Stop & Shop Cos., Quincy, Mass., which it acquired in July 1996. Fourth-quarter results and full-year earnings will be released March 10. In addition, sales of Brazilian supermarket company Bompreco were included in Ahold's financial results

Ahold, Zaandam, Netherlands, last week said consolidated sales rose 38.4% in 1997 to $24.6 billion (NLG 50.5 billion), mainly due to the full year's contribution of Stop & Shop Cos., Quincy, Mass., which it acquired in July 1996. Fourth-quarter results and full-year earnings will be released March 10. In addition, sales of Brazilian supermarket company Bompreco were included in Ahold's financial results for the first time.In the United States, sales amounted to $14.3 billion, a 27.1% incr

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