SALES SLIDE AT AHOLD'S TOPS, GIANT-LANDOVER

ZANDAAM, Netherlands -- Ahold here reported overall sales increased by 0.7% during its fiscal third quarter ended Oct. 9, but that its laggard U.S. banners, Giant of Landover and particularly Tops Markets, suffered steep sales declines. .8% at Tops. At Giant of Landover, identical-store sales fell 2.4% and comps decreased by 1.6% during the quarter, reflecting higher average tickets but decreases

ZANDAAM, Netherlands -- Ahold here reported overall sales increased by 0.7% during its fiscal third quarter ended Oct. 9, but that its laggard U.S. banners, Giant of Landover and particularly Tops Markets, suffered steep sales declines.

.8% at Tops. At Giant of Landover, identical-store sales fell 2.4% and comps decreased by 1.6% during the quarter, reflecting higher average tickets but decreases in store traffic, Ahold said.

The sales picture was slightly better at Giant of C

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