Ahold Sees Sales, Margin Pressure

AMSTERDAM — Ahold here said its profits and sales were down in the second quarter, in part because of the timing of the Easter holiday this year and because of unfavorable exchange rates. The company also said it is exploring expansion into Germany with its Dutch c-store banner.

AMSTERDAM — Ahold here said its profits and sales were down in the second quarter, in part because of the timing of the Easter holiday this year and because of unfavorable exchange rates.

The company also said it is exploring expansion into Germany with its Dutch c-store banner. In the U.S., operating income was down 22.6% vs. year-ago levels, to $209 million, which included several one-time charges, mostly r

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