Troubled global retail group Ahold has asked shareholders for a six-month delay in publishing its annual accounts due on May 29.

The Dutch-based retailer intends to release of full-year figures on June 30 but will request more time at its AGM on May 13, in the wake of the group’s problems relating to overstated accounts at its international operations.

Ahold shareholders will also be asked to ratify the appointment of interim CFO Dudley Eustace to its corporate executive board and of Jan Hommen, currently finance director of Royal Philips, to the supervisory board.