Tops Divestment Takes Back Seat to Other Sales

AMSTERDAM Ahold has moved its Tops chain in upstate New York to the bottom of the asset-sales pecking order, according to officials at the company, based here. In a conference call with analysts discussing Ahold's fourth-quarter results, John Rishton, executive vice president and chief financial officer, said the company may not be able to sell the Tops chain until the end of 2007 because it has been

AMSTERDAM — Ahold has moved its Tops chain in upstate New York to the bottom of the asset-sales pecking order, according to officials at the company, based here.

In a conference call with analysts discussing Ahold's fourth-quarter results, John Rishton, executive vice president and chief financial officer, said the company may not be able to sell the Tops chain until the end of 2007 because it has been occupied with efforts to sell its Polish operations, its joint venture in Po

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