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  • Ahold NV Wednesday reported a third-quarter net loss of $217.2 million (US), compared with a net loss of $131.4 million (US) during the same period a year ago. Sales during the period dropped 7.8 percent to $15.8 billion (US) from $17.1 billion (US) a year ago.

  • The Campbell Soup Company reported that first quarter earnings were $230 million, up nine percent from the period a year ago, when profit was $211 million. Sales rose nearly 10 percent, jumping to $2.1 billion from $1.9 billion.

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