Dutch retailer Royal Ahold has corrected the restated sales numbers for 2001 and 2002, which it issued last week, because of “typing errors”.

In 2001 group sales were €54.40bn (US$63.73bn), rather than €54.04bn as stated last week.

The company’s South American sales had been incorrectly stated as €917m instead of the correct value of €1.27bn.

The company also incorrectly stated its 2002 Europe sales as €3.42bn, when the correct value was €3.46bn.

“It wasn’t that the sales numbers we actually had were incorrect,” an Ahold spokeswoman told AP Online, “but mistakes were made in getting them into the press release.”