Ahold is expected to overtake Carrefour as the world's No 2 grocery retailer during 2002 and is forecast to extend a €10bn (US$9.8bn) lead over Carrefour by 2004, according to new research from IGD. In 2001, Ahold achieved sales of €66.6bn, up 29% on 2000 and has virtually doubled its sales over the past two years from €32.8bn in 1999.