Ahold : Ahold trading statement fourth quarter and full year 2012

      Ahold : Ahold trading statement fourth quarter and full year 2012

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, January 17, 2013- Aholdtoday 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. Bol.com 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.

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Ahold trading statement Q4/FY 2012

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