ZAANDAM, Netherlands -- Ahold here is "ahead of schedule" in pursuing its divestiture program, the company said at its annual shareholder meeting last week. , president and chief executive officer, Ahold, in a speech to shareholders, a copy of which was provided to SN. "By the end of March 2005, the total had risen to 2.6 billion euros [$3.3 billion]. We are therefore ahead of schedule in terms of achieving our target of a minimum of 2.5 billion euros [$3.2 billion] by the end of 2005." ...

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