Ahold Trading Statement -- Third Quarter 2005

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Oct. 27, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Ahold today announced consolidated net sales (excluding VAT) of EUR 10.2 billion for the third quarter of 2005 (12 weeks: July 18, 2005 -- October 9, 2005), an increase of 0.7% compared to the same period last year (Q3 2004: EUR 10.2 billion). Net sales, excluding currency impact, increased by 0.3% in the third quarter of 2005.

The figures presented in this trading statement include net sales accounted for in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"), which is Ahold's primary GAAP. Under IFRS, net sales figures are adjusted to exclude discontinued operations. The impact from the adoption of IFRS is discussed under "Adoption of IFRS" below.

The net sales figures presented in this press release are preliminary and unaudited.

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