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• Ahold reports that its total first quarter sales were down 0.7 percent to the equivalent of $17.87 billion (US)

• BJ’s Wholesale Club reports that its April sales increased 1.9 percent to $618.5 million, on same-store sales that were down 2.1 percent for the period.
KC's View:
We are now up to 112 entries in the contest to come up with a new name for “The Balance Sheet,” an endeavor we took up when one MNB user suggested that it was a department title that really was inaccurate. As we noted last week, we’re looking for suggestions that are pithy, funny, pointed, sardonic…whatever. Vulgar suggestions also are welcome, though we probably won’t be able to use them…we’ve already gotten a few that have made us laugh out loud.