AMSTERDAM - Royal Ahold NV, the Dutch operator of US supermarket chains Stop & Shop and Giant, says its underlying profit rose in the second quarter due to slow but steady economic growth.
Net profit fell 17 per cent to 206 million euros ($275 million) because company sold its 50 per cent stake in Scandinavian chain ICA earlier this year. Sales were 7.8 billion euros, up 1 per cent — restating last years' figures to remove ICA.
CEO Dick Boer said sales grew at 3 per cent comparing like for like and ignoring currency effects. US sales grew 2 per cent and Dutch sales 5.6 per cent.
He said the company won market share in the U.S., and operating margins had improved slightly from a year ago.
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