The Netherlands-based Ahold sold its Brazilian credit card operation Hipercard to Unibanco S.A. in Brazil for $217 million. Hipercard is the leading credit card in Northeastern Brazil with more than 2 million cardholders. Unibanco, the third largest private-sector Brazilian financial group, focuses on retail and wholesale banking, and insurance and pensions and wealth management. Ahold also sold its Brazilian retail chain BompreÃ§o to Wal-Mart Stores last week. BompreÃ§o and Hipercard employ more than 20,000 people, according to CardFlash International ([www.cardflashinternational.com]).