Ahold, the Dutch-American food retailer, is continuing its march up and down the Eastern seaboard of the United States, a process that is being greatly accelerated by its planned buyout of Stop & Shop Cos., Quincy, Mass. The latest acquisition deal promises to boost the sales volume generated by the operating companies of Ahold in the United States alone to about $12.4 billion, on a pro forma basis, counting Stop & Shop's $4.1 billion. For more on Ahold USA's total holdings, and on ...

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