Ahold U.S. Banners Fighting Margin Pressure - AMSTERDAM

Ahold here on Friday said it would accelerate introductions of its value improvement program in its Stop & Shop and Giant-Landover banners after reporting that weak economic conditions and increased competitive activity led to a "very tough" fiscal third quarter and expectations for more of the same for the fourth quarter.

Ahold here on Friday said it would accelerate introductions of its value improvement program in its Stop & Shop and Giant-Landover banners after reporting that weak economic conditions and increased competitive activity led to a "very tough" fiscal third quarter and expectations for more of the same for the fourth quarter. Identical-store sales fell by 1.3% at Stop & Shop (1.8% excluding gasoline) and by 0.5% at Giant-Landover during the quarter, officials said. Giant-Carlisle posted a 4.8% i

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