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Ahold trading statement fourth quarter and full year 2012

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Amsterdam, the Netherlands, January 17, 2013 - Ahold today announced
consolidated net sales of €7.8 billion for the fourth quarter of 2012, an
increase of 7.5% compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. At constant exchange
rates net sales were up 5.1%.
For the full year 2012, consolidated net sales were €32.8 billion, an increase
of 8.5% compared to 2011. At constant exchange rates net sales were up 3.5%.

In the United States sales were up 4.3%. Our strong performance was partly
driven by the exceptional efforts of our teams during Hurricane Sandy, which
enabled our stores to remain open and to serve our customers during these
difficult times. The positive sales impact of Sandy was partly offset by a
negative calendar impact due to the timing of year end. We continued 
to gain market share in all our divisions. The 15 Genuardi's stores we acquired in 2012 performed in line with expectations. Furthermore we opened another four pick-up points, bringing the total to eight in the United States. The sales growth of 7.7% in the Netherlands was mainly driven by progress on our growth initiatives, including the addition of 15 former C1000/Jumbo stores that were converted during the second half of the year. Identical sales growth was impacted this quarter by the timing of year end and a disappointing performance from Etos in a very competitive health and beauty segment. Albert Heijn was able to further increase its market share. We opened our first three pick-up points for online grocery shopping in the Netherlands, and their initial performance is exceeding our expectations. We continue to be pleased with the performance of our Belgian stores. We opened three Albert Heijn supermarkets during the quarter, bringing our total number of Belgian stores to eleven. showed a strong sales performance and continued to strengthen its position in the Netherlands. In an ongoing tough environment in Other Europe, the VAT increase earlier this year continued to impact net sales. We continued to drive sales ahead of the competition and gained market share. To see the full statement, go to or download the attachment. Ahold Press Office: +31 88 659 5343 Ahold Investor Relations: +31 88 659 5213 Follow us on Twitter: @AholdNews Ahold trading statement Q4/FY 2012: This announcement is distributed by Thomson Reuters on behalf of Thomson Reuters clients. The owner of this announcement warrants that: (i) the releases contained herein are protected by copyright and other applicable laws; and (ii) they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein. Source: Ahold via Thomson Reuters ONE [HUG#1670985]

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