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Delhaize Group : Delhaize Group press release - Disclosure of major shareholding



     Delhaize Group : Delhaize Group press release - Disclosure of major
                                 shareholding

BRUSSELS, Belgium, July 26, 2013 - Pursuant to the Belgian Law of May 2,  2007 
relating to  the  publication  of major  shareholdings  in  listed  companies, 
Delhaize  Group  (Euronext   Brussels:  DELB   -  NYSE:   DEG),  the   Belgian 
international food retailer, has received  a notification of the threshold  of 
5% being crossed by BlackRock which now owns 5.00% of Delhaize Group's  voting 
rights as follows:

                                     Number of voting  Current      Current
      Holders of voting rights         rights from    number of  percentage of
                                         previous       voting   voting rights
                                       notification     rights
BlackRock, Inc.                             0             0          0.00%
BlackRock (Luxembourg) S.A.                 0           10 329       0.01%
BlackRock (Netherlands) B.V.              20 131        18 552       0.02%
BlackRock Advisors (UK) Limited          574 718       438 706       0.43%
BlackRock Advisors, LLC                   9 167         7 266        0.01%
BlackRock Asset Management Australia      39 628        38 274       0.04%
Limited
BlackRock Asset Management Canada         40 499        39 779       0.04%
Limited
BlackRock Asset Management                55 508       236 428       0.23%
Deutschland AG
BlackRock Asset Management Ireland       131 858       468 241       0.46%
Limited
BlackRock Financial Management, Inc.      33 110        86 615       0.08%
BlackRock Fund Advisors                  505 377       563 732       0.55%
BlackRock Fund Managers Limited           30 263        41 745       0.04%
BlackRock Institutional Trust           2 079 617     2 378 126      2.33%
Company, National Association
BlackRock International Limited           3 881         20 800       0.02%
BlackRock Investment Management           9 222         10 810       0.01%
(Australia) Limited
BlackRock Investment Management (UK)     143 381        43 122       0.04%
Limited
BlackRock Investment Management, LLC     100 275       102 107       0.10%
BlackRock Japan Co., Ltd.                   0          175 206       0.17%
BlackRock Life Limited                      0          413 103       0.41%
iShares (DE) I
Investmentaktiengesellschaft mit            0           6 061        0.01%
Teilvermögen
BlackRock Asset Management Japan         299 431          0          0.00%
Limited
TOTAL                                   4 076 066     5 099 002      5.00%

On July  23,  2013,  BlackRock Investment  Management  (UK)  Limited  notified 
Delhaize Group that  as of  July 8, 2013 BlackRock  owned 5  099 002  Delhaize 
Group shares, representing 5.00% of its voting rights. This is an increase  of 
1 022 936 shares compared to  the previous notification of ownership  received 
on December 28, 2011.

According to  the notification  that Delhaize  Group received  from  BlackRock 
Investment Management (UK)  Limited on July  23, 2013 BlackRock,  Inc. is  the 
ultimate controller of the legal  entities listed above. The latter,  however, 
are the discretionary investment managers that hold the Delhaize Group  shares 
and exercise the voting rights.

 

»Delhaize Group

Delhaize Group  is  a  Belgian  international food  retailer  present  in  ten 
countries on  three continents.  At the  end  of the  first quarter  of  2013, 
Delhaize Group's sales network  consisted of 3 411  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 2151                              
Media Relations: + 32 2 412 8669

             cautionary note regarding forward looking statements

Statements that  are  included or  incorporated  by reference  in  this  press 
release and  other written  and oral  statements  made from  time to  time  by 
Delhaize Group and  its representatives, other  than statements of  historical 
fact, which address  activities, events and  developments that Delhaize  Group 
expects or anticipates  will or may  occur in the  future, including,  without 
limitation, expected  costs savings  the closing,  conversion and  opening  of 
stores, the expected effect of the portfolio optimization, anticipated revenue
and  net  profit  growth,  strategic   options,  future  strategies  and   the 
anticipated benefits of  these strategies and  operating profit guidance,  are 
"forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities
laws that  are  subject  to risks  and  uncertainties.  These  forward-looking 
statements generally can be identified as statements that include phrases such
as  "guidance,"  "outlook,"   "projected,"  "believe,"  "target,"   "predict," 
"estimate," "forecast,"  "strategy,"  "may," "goal,"  "expect,"  "anticipate," 
"intend," "plan," "foresee," "likely," "will," "should" or other similar words
or phrases. Although such statements are based on current information,  actual 
outcomes and results may differ materially from those projected depending upon
a variety of factors,  including, but not limited  to, changes in the  general 
economy or the markets of Delhaize  Group, in strategy, in consumer  spending, 
in inflation  or currency  exchange  rates or  in legislation  or  regulation; 
competitive factors; adverse determination  with respect to claims;  inability 
to timely  develop, remodel,  integrate, open,  convert or  close stores;  and 
supply  or  quality  control  problems  with  vendors.  Additional  risks  and 
uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from  those 
stated or implied by such forward-looking statements are described in Delhaize
Group's most  recent Annual  Report on  Form 20-F  and other  filings made  by 
Delhaize Group with the  U.S. Securities and  Exchange Commission, which  risk 
factors are incorporated  herein by  reference. Delhaize  Group disclaims  any 
obligation to  update  developments  of  these risk  factors  or  to  announce 
publicly any revision to  any of the  forward-looking statements contained  in 
this release, including operating profit  guidance, or to make corrections  to 
reflect future events or developments.

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