REBUILDING THE CORE

Ahold USA is now ready to build up after paring down.Its agreement late last year to sell two chains, Bi-Lo and Bruno's, to a private investment group marked more than the conclusion of a long-awaited divestment process. The transaction also signified the close of a particularly tumultuous year for the global company's U.S. retail operations, which were transformed in preparation for a more streamlined

Ahold USA is now ready to build up after paring down.

Its agreement late last year to sell two chains, Bi-Lo and Bruno's, to a private investment group marked more than the conclusion of a long-awaited divestment process. The transaction also signified the close of a particularly tumultuous year for the global company's U.S. retail operations, which were transformed in preparation for a more streamlined existence.

Now, with four food retail chains left in this country, th

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