Dutch grocery wholesaler Schuitema, which is majority owned by Dutch retail giant Royal Ahold, has announced that its 2002 sales rose 4.6% to €3.66bn (US$3.8bn). "The conversion of our A&P supermarkets into the C1000 formula contributed to the result as well as autonomous growth at C1000," Schuitema spokesman Karel-Jan van den Hoven told Reuters.