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  1. FT Alphaville

    September 22, 2014

    The Tesco value range

    So, feeling gutsy, you assume that Tesco is too big and solid to go bust. You remember the Ahold accounting problems that...

  2. July 8, 2014

    Carrefour: au retour

    Pondicherry, Chandernagore, Karaikal, Mahé, Yanam. Despite centuries in the country, France’s Indian trade empire never...

  1. January 16, 2014

    Carrefour / Ahold: still penny-pinching

    A serving of reality is always worth chewing on. And sales figures on Thursday from French hypermarket and supermarket group...

  2. November 14, 2013

    Ahold feels shoppers’ caution as third-quarter income falls

    Dutch consumers are still holding back from spending on high-end groceries at Ahold, the country’s largest supermarket chain...

  3. August 23, 2013

    Ahold rises on buoyant profits

    Earnings newsflow slowed this week, but Ahold was among the best performers on a weaker Eurofirst index after the Dutch...

  4. August 22, 2013

    Ahold buoyant on hopes for its excess cash

    Ahold led on pan-European indices after the Dutch retailer reported forecast-beating profits and hinted at the possibility...

  5. August 22, 2013

    Ahold: Dutch dilemma

    One way to be happy is to lower your expectations. Dutch economists did a good job of that in the build-up to Ahold’s...

  6. August 22, 2013

    Ahold rises above Dutch economic woes

    With the US economy growing and the Netherlands stuck in a year-long recession, one might have expected retail group Ahold...

  7. July 10, 2013

    Kroger / Harris Teeter: last man standing

    Consider Harris Teeter, the mid-Atlantic grocery chain bought on Tuesday for $2.5bn. It is a trophy that its rival Kroger...

  8. June 7, 2013

    Bourses lose for third straight week

    European stocks had another turbulent five-day run, a third consecutive weekly loss, in spite of Friday’s flourish on the...

  9. June 7, 2013

    Letter from Lex: corporate coronation

    On the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, one wonders what would happen if a chief executive spent 60 years at...

  10. June 5, 2013

    Stalling sales hit European retailers

    European stocks dropped, with losses for retailers driven by French supermarket groups Carrefour and Casino Guichard. The...

  11. June 4, 2013

    Ahold: shopping for growth

    Even the most adept people-pleasers struggle to meet everyone’s needs equally. Ahold must know how that feels. On Tuesday,...

  12. June 4, 2013

    Size of Ahold buyback disappoints investors following profit

    Shares in Ahold fell slightly after the Dutch retail group announced a smaller buyback programme than shareholders had...

  13. June 2, 2013

    The Week Ahead: June 3 – June 7

    Diary commentary from FT reporters; data and company announcements, unless otherwise stated, from Thomson Reuters. Company...

  14. February 28, 2013

    Ahold net profits slip 42 per cent

    Annual sales at Dutch food retail group Ahold grew 7.5 per cent over a year earlier to €7.8bn, with strong growth at its...

  15. February 11, 2013

    Novo Nordisk ails after drug ruling

    News that Novo Nordisk , the Danish drugs company, failed to win approval for a new drug triggered a strong response from...

  16. February 11, 2013

    Ahold’s dilemma

    Dell, Virgin Media, maybe American Airlines. So far, 2013 has been all about deals. So how about this for some fantasy M&A:...

  17. February 11, 2013

    Ahold offloads ICA stake for €2.5bn

    Dutch retail group Ahold has sold its 60 per cent stake in ICA, the Scandinavian joint venture, to co-owner Hakon Invest for...

  18. January 17, 2013

    Ahold strengthens hold on domestic market

    Dutch food retailer Ahold reported a 7.1 per cent rise in sales in the fourth quarter over a year earlier, as it opened new...

  19. January 6, 2013

    Morrison loses manager before sales update

    Wm Morrison has lost another manager just as the supermarket chain is expected to confirm on Monday that it was one of the...

  20. December 28, 2012

    Call for Albert Heijn mushroom boycott

    The vice-premier of the Netherlands has urged people to stop buying mushrooms from Albert Heijn, the leading Dutch...

  21. December 5, 2012

    American dream that died for Tesco

    From its 300,000 square ft manufacturing facility shimmering on the edge of the California desert, to its supermarkets...

  22. November 16, 2012

    Letter from Lex – transitions

    After the US presidential election last week, it was China’s turn this week to orchestrate a smooth transition of power. The...

  23. November 16, 2012

    Ahold hit by rise in commodity prices

    Dutch retail group Ahold reported operating earnings fell 3.7 per cent in the third quarter compared to a year earlier, as...

  24. November 15, 2012

    Ahold – going shopping

    It is all about the cents these days. Cost-conscious consumers on both sides of the Atlantic are shopping around before...

  25. September 11, 2012

    Rising meat costs hit Hilton Food

    Rising meat costs took their toll on Hilton Food, the meat processor which ranks supermarket giant Tesco as one of its...

  26. September 4, 2012

    Ahold looks to sell stake in ICA

    Dutch retail group Ahold announced it was seeking to sell its 60 per cent stake in ICA, Sweden’s largest food retailer, in a...

  27. August 24, 2012

    Heineken helps to refresh European shares

    Heineken was one of the best-performing stocks in the FTSE Eurofirst 300 this week, in spite of disappointing first-half...

  28. August 23, 2012

    Ahold leads losers as rally runs out of steam

    Supermarket group Ahold was the biggest loser on the FTSE Eurofirst 300, dropping 3.6 per cent to €10.07 after the Dutch...

  29. August 23, 2012

    Ahold misses goal with Dutch margins

    Shares in Dutch retailer Ahold fell after the company announced its margins in the Netherlands had missed analysts’...

  30. June 14, 2012

    Ahold chief lashes out over Dutch budget

    Dick Boer, chief executive of Dutch retail group Ahold, has lashed out at the country’s politicians for exacerbating...

  31. June 6, 2012

    Flagging US sales drag down Ahold income

    Shares in Dutch retailer Ahold, which owns the Giant and Stop & Shop supermarket chains in the US, fell more than 4 per cent...

  32. May 23, 2012

    FirstGroup warns on ‘stealth cuts’

    The chief executive of the UK’s biggest bus operator has warned the government that “stealth cuts” to spending on public...

  33. March 1, 2012

    Ahold eyes expansion after profits boost

    Dutch retailer Ahold shrugged off the weak economic climate in Europe and the US as it reported a 75 per cent rise in...

  34. February 27, 2012

    Ahold snaps up shopping website

    Dutch food retailer Ahold has purchased online retailer Bol.com, the most visited shopping website in the Netherlands, for...

  35. January 19, 2012

    Ahold reports solid sales after US growth

    Dutch food retailer Ahold announced solid sales growth in the fourth quarter of 2011, validating the company’s recent moves...

  36. January 12, 2012

    European stocks lifted by positive bond sales

    Positive broker comment helped UniCredit accelerate its recovery on Thursday, with the Italian lender leading the FTSE...

  37. FT Tech Hub

    January 11, 2012

    Google Apps clocks up BBVA win

    Google’s enterprise unit is jubilant after snaring its biggest customer win to date, as BBVA, the Spanish bank, said it was...

  38. December 19, 2011

    Bi-Lo to take Winn-Dixie private in $560m deal

    Winn-Dixie, a US supermarket chain, will be taken private by Bi-Lo, a smaller rival with private equity owners, in a $560m...

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