The European buying and marketing alliance AMS, which is based in the Netherlands, announced today [Monday] that Spanish retailer Caprabo is to become its 11th member in September 2002. Barcelona-based Caprabo has annualised sales of about €1.6bn (US$1.61bn) and nationwide retail operations comprising 500 supermarkets and 25 gas stations. Caprabo was founded in 1959 and employs approximately 12,000 people.