Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Denver, Colorado, the United States, July 21, 2006 - Ahold and the Public Employees' Retirement Association of Colorado ("COPERA"), one of the lead plaintiffs in the securities class action entitled "In re Royal Ahold N.V. Securities & ERISA Litigation", today announced that Drs. W.C.M. Oud has filed a notice of appeal against the final order and judgment of Judge Blake of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, located in Baltimore, approving Ahold's agreement with the lead plaintiffs to settle the securities class action. Mr. Oud's objection was rejected previously by Judge Blake, and Ahold and COPERA believe the appeal has no merit and intend to oppose it.
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