Dutch retailer Ahold today [Friday] reported a sluggish set of third quarter sales figures for its core US business. Ahold's US operation accounts for 60% of overall turnover and generated sales down 6.1% to when the positive impact of acquisitions was stripped out. Shares fell this morning as the news emerged, dropping 8.1% by 08.30 GMT, reported Reuters. The company's stock has fallen by 60% this year.