Problems in Spain and Argentina overshadowed an otherwise reasonable set of first-quarter sales figures from Ahold. The integration of Ahold Spain and Superdiplo took longer than expected, admitted boss Cees van der Hoeven. "As a consequence, earnings from Spain will fall short of our target. In addition, the situation in Argentina is highly uncertain," he said. Petrol deflation hit sales in the US, which accounts for about 60% of Ahold's business, and BI-LO continued to struggle. However, recent acquisition Bruno performed ahead of expectations. The domestic situation was also encouraging, said van der Hoeven, with good progress made on new formats such as the Albert Heijn XL superstore and the AH to go convenience store. Consolidated sales were up 22% at E22.2bn for the 16 weeks to April 21. {{NEWS }}