AMSTERDAM — Ahold’s effort to consolidate its U.S. businesses into a single entity will allow the retailer opportunities to explore new store formats, put a greater effort behind shopper loyalty programs and better position it to make acquisitions in the new fiscal year, officials said Thursday. “We're actively looking for growth opportunities where we see a strategic fit, the price is right, and we can integrate smoothly,” Dick Boer, chief executive officer of Ahold, said during a ...

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