Reporting its first financial quarter since its long-awaited merger, it looks as though consumers are still flocking to Ahold Delhaize. The company released its Q3 report yesterday, and saw increases across its financial board. These increases, among others, included a 25 percent rise to the compay’s profits.
“Despite challenging conditions in certain markets, Ahold Delhaize has delivered growth in sales and in underlying operating income on a pro forma basis which reflects the strength and resilience of our great local brands, as well as our continued focus on delivering cost efficiencies across our businesses while driving top-line growth,” stated CEO Dick Boer in a press release.
Further details regarding the company’s momentum and third quarter progress are as follows:
Boer stated that although the U.S. markets remained challenging in pricing and competitiveness, Ahold Delhaize reported growth in both sectors of its retail business, as well as overall volume growth. While growing its foothold in U.S. markets, Delhaize America’s pro forma net sales increased by 1.1 percent, with Ahold USA seeing a pro forma net sales increase of 2.4 percent with a sales growth of 3.4 percent.
The company noted that Ahold USA unveiled its new produce and bakery departments this quarter, in addition to launching a new round of price investments to further commit to consumer demand. Delhaize America also saw the inclusion of 142 Food Lion’s adoption of the “Easy, Fresh & Affordable” initiative, along with extensive remodelling.
For its performance across the proverbial pond, Ahold Delhaize’s Q3 release marked seven consecutive quarters of volume growth for its Netherlands business, strong sales growth to its ecommerce platforms bol.com and ah.nl, and increased comparable store sales for Greece and Romania.
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