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    1. October 31, 2014

      Don’t hold your breath waiting for a Tesco fraud case

      The furore around Tesco’s burgeoning accounting woes got louder this week as the UK Serious Fraud Office announced it was...

    2. October 17, 2014

      Rolls-Royce chief John Rishton battles growing headwinds

      For the head of a £15bn company, Rolls-Royce chief executive John Rishton has a surprisingly low profile. “He’s a finance...

    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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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,...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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:...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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’...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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