AMSTERDAM — Ahold here said profits improved in its U.S. operations in the second quarter, but the company’s stock fell in the wake of a margin squeeze in Ahold’s Netherlands division. Ahold USA, which includes the Stop & Shop, Giant-Landover and Giant-Carlisle chains, reported underlying operating income of $261 million for the second quarter, up 10.6% over year-ago levels. As previously reported, U.S. sales in the quarter were up 3.4%, to $6 billion, including an ...
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