AHOLD, ZAANDAM, THE NETHERLANDS, denied a report published last week in the Wall Street Journal that the Dutch retailer might abandon its effort to acquire Pathmark Stores, Carteret, N.J., because the Federal Trade Commission could require Ahold to divest as many as half of Pathmark's 136 supermarkets. Calling the story "a lot of speculation," an Ahold spokesman said, "We feel confident we will be able to close the transaction before the end of the year." after which the smaller store will ...

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