SOURCE: Delhaize Group

December 10, 2009 02:21 ET

Delhaize Group: Disclosure of Major Shareholding

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - December 10, 2009) - 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 3% being crossed by BlackRock, Inc. which owns 4.17% of Delhaize Group's voting rights as follows:

        Holders of Voting Rights          Number of Voting Percentage
                                               Rights         Held
BlackRock Asset Management Japan Co. Ltd           357 339   0.35%
BlackRock Advisors (UK) Limited                  1 215 909   1.21%
BlackRock Institutional Trust Company,           1 860 542   1.84%
N.A.
BlackRock Fund Advisors                            515 848   0.51%
BlackRock Asset Management Canada Ltd               27 925   0.03%
BlackRock Financial Management, Inc.                 1 228   0.00%
BlackRock Investment Management, LLC                98 789   0.10%
BlackRock Investment Management                     13 076   0.01%
(Australia) Ltd
BlackRock Investment Management (Dublin)             8 498   0.01%
Ltd
BlackRock Fund Managers Ltd                         16 735   0.02%
BlackRock International Ltd                         43 578   0.04%
BlackRock Investment Management UK Ltd              46 007   0.05%
Total:                                           4 205 474   4.17%

According to a notification that Delhaize Group received from BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited on December 7, 2009, BlackRock, Inc. acquired the Barclays Global Investors (BGI) business on December 1, 2009. The combined holdings of BlackRock, Inc. following this acquisition triggered this disclosure requirement. BlackRock, Inc. is the ultimate controller of the legal entities listed above but they 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 six countries on three continents. At the end of the third quarter of 2009, Delhaize Group's sales network consisted of 2 697 stores. In 2008, Delhaize Group posted EUR 19 billion (USD 28 billion) in revenues and EUR 467 million (USD 687 million) in net profit (Group share). At the end of 2008, Delhaize Group employed approximately 141 000 people. Delhaize Group's stock is listed on 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.

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