ORGANIC GROWTH SPURS AHOLD'S SECOND QUARTER

ZAANDAM, Netherlands -- Ahold here said last week strong organic sales and earnings in the United States were "the main engine" behind the company's financial performance for the second quarter and first half ended July 15.Cees van der Hoeven, president and chief executive officer, said all five retail operating companies contributed to organic growth of 8.5% in retail food sales during the quarter;

ZAANDAM, Netherlands -- Ahold here said last week strong organic sales and earnings in the United States were "the main engine" behind the company's financial performance for the second quarter and first half ended July 15.

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