Delhaize Group : Delhaize Group Issues Preliminary First Quarter 2013 Results and Postpones Capital Markets Day

Delhaize Group : Delhaize Group Issues Preliminary First Quarter 2013 Results
                      and Postpones Capital Markets Day

BRUSSELS, Belgium, April 22, 2013 - Delhaize Group (Euronext Brussels: DELB,
NYSE: DEG), the Belgian international food retailer, announces preliminary
unaudited figures for the first quarter of 2013 and its decision to postpone
its Capital Markets Day.

» First Quarter 2013 Results (based on preliminary unaudited figures)

In the first quarter of 2013, Delhaize Group's revenues were €5.5 billion, an
increase of 2.1% and 1.5% at identical and actual exchange rates,
respectively. Organic revenue growth (excluding revenues from the 126 stores
and 45 stores closed in the U.S. in Q1 2012 and Q1 2013 respectively) was
3.8%. In the U.S., comparable store sales growth was 1.9% (3.0% including a
+1.1% calendar impact), fueled by favorable weather conditions and continued
good volume trends in the Food Lion repositioned stores and at Hannaford. This
was partly offset by deflation which was however at a lower level than the
previous quarter. In Belgium, comparable store sales growth was 2.4% (0.6%
including a -1.8% calendar impact) as a result of inflation and improved
volume trends. In Southeastern Europe, revenues grew by 6.8% at identical
exchange rates due to store openings, while consumer spending is under
pressure in the region.

Underlying operating profit was €214 million, a 13.7% increase compared to the
first quarter of 2012 at identical exchange rates (+13.0% at actual exchange
rates) resulting in an underlying operating margin of 3.9% (3.5% in Q1 last
year). In the U.S., underlying operating margin was 4.2% (3.7% in Q1 last
year) as a result of positive sales leverage supported by the favorable
calendar impact, non-performing store closures, cost reductions and Bottom
Dollar Food's significantly improved results. This was partly offset by
continued price investments. In Belgium, underlying operating margin was 5.1%
(4.6% in Q1 last year), mostly driven by cost control and positive sales
leverage. In Southeastern Europe, underlying operating margin decreased to
1.4% (2.0% last year), mostly driven by price investments.

Underlying EBITDA of €369 million represented a 7.1% increase compared to the
first quarter of 2012 at identical exchange rates (+6.4% at actual exchange
rates).

Free cash flow reached €255 million (€87 million in Q1 2012) due to higher
EBITDA, working capital improvements and continued capital discipline.

Full first quarter results will be disclosed on May 8, 2013 as initially
scheduled, including a normally scheduled conference call with management.

» 2013 Outlook

As a consequence of our continued focus on our strategic priorities, Delhaize
Group expects underlying operating profit of approximately €775 million for
the full year 2013 at identical exchange rates.

» Postponement of Capital Markets Day

Delhaize Group announces the decision to postpone its Capital Markets Day,
previously scheduled for May 8, 2013, until later in the year. This will allow
the Company to provide a more comprehensive update on its business and
long-term strategy.



» Delhaize Group

Delhaize Group  is  a  Belgian  international food  retailer  present  in  ten 
countries on three  continents. At  the end  of 2012,  Delhaize Group's  sales 
network consisted  of 3  451  stores. In  2012,  Delhaize Group  posted  €22.6 
billion ($29.0 billion)  in revenues and  €104 million ($134  million) in  net 
profit  (Group  share).  At   the  end  of   2012,  Delhaize  Group   employed 
approximately 158  000  people.  Delhaize  Group's stock  is  listed  on  NYSE 
Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).

This press release  is available in  English, French and  Dutch. You can  also 
find it on the website http://www.delhaizegroup.com. Questions can be sent  to 
investor@delhaizegroup.com.

» Contacts

Investor Relations: +32 2 412 21 51
Media Relations: +32 2 412 86 69

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