Ahold, Delhaize weigh merger to ally U.S. supermarket chains

AMSTERDAM - Royal Ahold NV, owner of Stop & Shop, and Delhaize Group, owner of Hannaford, confirmed they’re in merger talks to potentially create the fifth-biggest U.S. supermarket retailer amid increased competition from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. The discussions are “preliminary” and may not result in a transaction, the European owners of the Stop & Shop…

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