SOURCE: Ahold NV

October 26, 2007 01:37 ET

Trading Statement Third Quarter 2007

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - October 26, 2007) -



Amsterdam, the Netherlands - Ahold today announced consolidated net sales of EUR 6.3 billion for the third quarter ending October 7, 2007. Compared to the third quarter of 2006, net sales increased by 1.1% and increased by 5.6% at constant exchange rates.

In the United States, price investments related to the further roll-out of the Value Improvement Program, launched in September 2006 at Stop & Shop and Giant-Landover, will continue to impact margins. At Giant-Carlisle, seasonally low sales will also be reflected in margins. In the Netherlands, market conditions remained favorable.


Sales performance

Stop & Shop / Giant-Landover

  * Net sales increased 0.3% to $3.7 billion.
  * Identical sales increased 1.2% at Stop & Shop (1.0% excluding
    gasoline net sales) and decreased 1.8% at Giant-Landover.
  * Comparable sales increased 1.7% at Stop & Shop and decreased 1.6%
    at Giant-Landover.

Giant-Carlisle

  * Net sales increased 13.1% to $1 billion, due in part to the
    acquisition of the Clemens Markets stores in the fourth quarter
    of 2006.
  * Identical sales increased 2.5% (2.3% excluding gasoline net
    sales).
  * Comparable sales increased 3.7%.

Albert Heijn

  * Net sales increased 12.4% to EUR 1.8 billion, due in part to the
    acquisition of the Konmar stores in the fourth quarter of 2006.
  * Net sales at Albert Heijn supermarkets increased 12.5% to EUR 1.6
    billion.
  * Identical sales at Albert Heijn supermarkets increased 7.3%.

Albert / Hypernova (Czech Republic and Slovakia)

  * Net sales increased 13.1% to EUR 355 million (9.9% at constant
    exchange rates).
  * Identical sales increased 7.4%.

Schuitema

  * Net sales increased 1.7% to EUR 728 million.
  * Identical sales increased 0.4%.

Unconsolidated joint venture - ICA

  * Net sales increased 21.1% to EUR 2.2 billion, largely reflecting
    ICA's acquisition of the full ownership of Rimi Baltic AB from
    December 2006. At constant exchange rates, net sales increased
    20.9%.

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