AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Ahold Delhaize, a major operator of supermarket chains in the United States and Europe, on Wednesday reported better than expected first-quarter sales on the back of a strong performance online.
Net sales rose 5.8% at constant exchange rates to 18.3 billion euros ($22.2 billion), with online sales surging by 103%. A company compiled consensus forecast has predicted group sales of 17.4 billion euros.
Ahold said it was increasing its 2021 online sales outlook based on the performance.
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(Reporting by Anthony Deutsch; Editing by David Goodman)