THE POSSIBILITY OF a merger between Ahold and Delhaize was a hot topic in the Old World business press this summer, and some analysts think the two trans-Atlantic food retailers are getting closer to a merger than ever. After a strategic review of its assets that took several months, Amsterdam-based Ahold said last month that it would divest its Tops supermarket chain, based in Buffalo, N.Y., and its U.S. Foodservice distribution business, based in Columbia, Md. “In our opinion, this ...

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