AMSTERDAM — Ahold here said Wednesday that its margins were pressured in the first quarter this year due to the timing of the Easter holiday relative to a year ago and ongoing investments in price and promotion to drive sales. Patrick Roquas, an analyst with Amsterdam-based Rabobank, said the margin performance in the U.S. was “somewhat weaker than expected,” although “so far, the start of Q2 has seen an improving trend.” SN 2012 Top 25 Global Retailers: ...

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