AMSTERDAM — Ahold here last week said it expects profitability at the former Ukrop's stores it acquired to improve during the second half of the year as transition costs decrease and merchandising changes gain traction. The Richmond, Va.-area stores, which have all been converted to the Martin's banner, had a loss of $20 million in the recently ended second quarter, about half of which was attributable to one-time and conversion-related costs. Sales at the division were $120 million in the ...

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