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Delhaize Group: Disclosure of major shareholding

Delhaize Group: Disclosure of major shareholding 
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM -- (Marketwired) -- 08/07/13 --  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 
5% being crossed
downwardsby  BlackRock which now owns 4.95% of
Delhaize Group's voting rights as
follows: 


 
+--------------------------------+----------------+------------+-
---------+
|                                |Number of voting|  Current   | Current  |
|    Holders of voting rights    |  rights from   |  number    |percentage|
|                                |    previous    | of voting  |of voting |
|                                |  notification  |  rights    | rights   |
+--------------------------------+----------------+------------+----------+
|BlackRock, Inc.                 |       0        |      0     |    0.00% |
+--------------------------------+----------------+------------+----------+
|BlackRock Advisors, LLC         |     7 230      |    7 230   |    0.01% |
+--------------------------------+----------------+------------+----------+
|BlackRock Financial Management, |    128 772     |   130 091  |    0.13% |
|Inc.                            |                |            |          |
+--------------------------------+----------------+------------+----------+
|BlackRock Investment Management,|    102 469     |   102 557  |    0.10% |
|LLC                             |                |            |          |
+--------------------------------+----------------+------------+----------+
|BlackRock Investment Management |     10 810     |   10 810   |    0.01% |
|(Australia) Limited             |                |            |          |
+--------------------------------+----------------+------------+----------+
|BlackRock (Luxembourg) S.A.     |     10 743     |   10 743   |    0.01% |
+--------------------------------+----------------+------------+----------+
|BlackRock (Netherlands) B.V.    |     18 110     |   18 110   |    0.02% |
+--------------------------------+----------------+------------+----------+
|BlackRock Fund Managers Limited |     44 032     |   44 032   |    0.04% |
+--------------------------------+----------------+------------+----------+
|BlackRock Life Limited          |    412 170     |   408 539  |    0.40% |
+--------------------------------+----------------+------------+----------+
|BlackRock Asset Management      |     46 648     |   45 802   |    0.04% |
|Australia Limited               |                |            |          |
+--------------------------------+----------------+------------+----------+
|BlackRock Asset Management      |     37 377     |   37 377   |    0.04% |
|Canada Limited                  |                |            |          |
+--------------------------------+----------------+------------+----------+
|BlackRock Asset Management      |    251 540     |   251 540  |    0.25% |
|Deutschland AG                  |                |            |          |
+--------------------------------+----------------+------------+----------+
|BlackRock Asset Management      |    478 899     |   479 094  |    0.47% |
|Ireland Limited                 |                |            |          |
+--------------------------------+----------------+------------+----------+
|BlackRock Advisors (UK) Limited |    438 090     |   369 896  |    0.36% |
+--------------------------------+----------------+------------+----------+
|BlackRock Fund Advisors         |    583 106     |   590 818  |    0.58% |
+--------------------------------+----------------+------------+----------+
|BlackRock International Limited |     22 843     |   23 208   |    0.02% |
+--------------------------------+----------------+------------+----------+
|BlackRock Institutional Trust   |   2 294 394    |  2 294 292 |    2.25% |
|Company, National Association   |                |            |          |
+--------------------------------+----------------+------------+----------+
|BlackRock Japan Co., Ltd.       |    175 360     |   175 884  |    0.17% |
+--------------------------------+----------------+------------+----------+
|BlackRock Investment Management |     46 261     |   46 467   |    0.05% |
|(UK) Limited                    |                |            |          |
+--------------------------------+----------------+------------+----------+
|iShares (DE) I                  |                |            |          |
|Investmentaktiengesellschaft mit|     6 061      |    6 061   |    0.01% |
|Teilvermogen                    |                |            |          |
+--------------------------------+----------------+------------+----------+
|TOTAL                           |   5 114 915    |  5 052 551 |    4.95% |
+--------------------------------+----------------+------------+----------+

 
On   August  2, 2013, BlackRock  Investment  Management  (UK)  Limited
notified
Delhaize Group that as of July 31, 2013 BlackRock owned 5
052 551 Delhaize Group
shares, representing 4.95% of its voting
rights. The denominator is 102 095 604
shares. 
According  to  the  notification  that  Delhaize  Group  received
from BlackRock
Investment  Management  (UK)  Limited  on  August 2,
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 EUR22.6
billion  ($29.0  billion)  in
 revenues  and  EUR104 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. 
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. 
Press
release in Pdf: http://hugin.info/133961/R/1721408/573276.pdf 
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originality of the information contained therein. 
Source: Delhaize Group via Thomson Reuters ONE 
[HUG#1721408] 
Contacts 
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+ 32 2 412 2151 
Media Relations:
+ 32 2 412 8669
 
 
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