ZAANDAM, Netherlands -- Ahold here said last week it may be interested in expanding its European base through a merger or partnership with another European operator. Cees van der Hoeven, Ahold president, did not specify what companies Ahold may be interested in. However, under reporters' questioning during a press conference in conjunction with the annual meeting here, he said Carrefour in France and Sainsbury and Tesco in the United Kingdom are the kinds of quality companies to which Ahold ...

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