Ahold Reports Sharp Fall in 2Q Profits

Amsterdam, Netherlands Royal Ahold NV reported a sharp fall in second-quarter earnings Thursday after selling operations in the same period a year ago.

Operationally, the company suffered from shrinking margins on both sides of the Atlantic as it spent more on advertising and special bargains to attract increasingly price-sensitive shoppers.

Net profit was 338 million euros ($497 million), down from 2.23 billion euros.

Net sales were down 0.8% to 5.78 billion euros ($8.50 billion).

Sales grew more than 10% in Europe and less than 5% in the United States, where it owns the Stop & Shop and Giant chains.

Meanwhile, operating earnings fell 14% to 235 million euros ($345 million).

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