Ahold here on Friday said it would accelerate introductions of its value improvement program in its Stop & Shop and Giant-Landover banners after reporting that weak economic conditions and increased competitive activity led to a "very tough" fiscal third quarter and expectations for more of the same for the fourth quarter. Identical-store sales fell by 1.3% at Stop & Shop (1.8% excluding gasoline) and by 0.5% at Giant-Landover during the quarter, officials said. Giant-Carlisle posted a 4.8% ...

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