Ahold Reacts, Adjusts to an Evolving Competitive Climate

Ahold Reacts, Adjusts to an Evolving Competitive Climate

“We are prepared to react to the competitive market as it changes. Whether that will change more or less in 2013 depends more on our competitors than ourselves." — Carl Schlicker, COO, Ahold USA

PHILADELPHIA — Ahold, which invited financial analysts here in part to show off a city it won through strategic acquisitions of struggling competitors, is “poised to react” if and when more such assets become available.

Ahold’s steps toward market leadership — by acquisition and through defending its turf when new competitors arrive — was a thread running through presentations at the retailer’s annual Capital Markets Days here late last month.

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