"At the moment we don't have plans to sell the company," an Ahold spokesman said. "Selling the company would be a last resort."
Ahold, which owns U.S. Foodservice, Columbia, MD, has sold some units in the last year to improve its financial situation after discovering a one billion euro ($1.2 billion) profit overstatement at its American distribution subsidiary.
Dutch daily De Volkskrant on Wednesday quoted Anders Moberg, ceo, as saying he did not rule out a possible sale of the company in case of new troubles. "We investigate all options. A situation can arise again such as last year, when we were almost forced to sell the company," Moberg was quoted as saying.