NEW YORK -- Ahold last week closed its acquisition of Stop & Shop Cos. amid growing industry speculation that its planned divestiture of 31 supermarkets could trigger competitive shifts in the New England market. Representatives from Ahold and Stop & Shop, Quincy, Mass., signed the final acquisition agreement here, making the Zaandam, Netherlands-based food retailer the chain's 100% owner. Several days earlier, Ahold had completed a global share offering to finance the $2.9 billion ...

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