Delhaize Group
Brussels : DELB

May 31, 2011 02:26 ET

Delhaize Group: Disclosure of Major Shareholding

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - May 31, 2011) - 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 notificationof the threshold of 5% being crossed by BlackRock which now owns 5.07% of Delhaize Group's voting rights as follows:



+---------------------+--------------------+---------------+--------------+
|  Holders of voting  |  Number of voting  |   Current     |    Current   |
|       rights        |rights from previous|  number of    | percentage of|
|                     |    notification    | voting rights | voting rights|
+---------------------+--------------------+---------------+--------------+
|BlackRock, Inc.      |         0          |        0      |      0.00%   |
+---------------------+--------------------+---------------+--------------+
|BlackRock Asset      |                    |               |              |
|Management Australia |       93 847       |     80 089    |      0.08%   |
|Limited              |                    |               |              |
+---------------------+--------------------+---------------+--------------+
|BlackRock Asset      |                    |               |              |
|Management Japan     |      541 898       |     319 107   |      0.31%   |
|Limited              |                    |               |              |
+---------------------+--------------------+---------------+--------------+
|BlackRock Advisors   |     1 193 685      |     684 184   |      0.67%   |
|(UK) Limited         |                    |               |              |
+---------------------+--------------------+---------------+--------------+
|BlackRock Asset      |                    |               |              |
|Management           |       45 335       |     54 613    |      0.05%   |
|Deutschland AG       |                    |               |              |
+---------------------+--------------------+---------------+--------------+
|BlackRock            |                    |               |              |
|Institutional Trust  |     2 105 457      |    2 830 000  |      2.79%   |
|Company, N.A.        |                    |               |              |
+---------------------+--------------------+---------------+--------------+
|BlackRock Fund       |      495 836       |     517 839   |      0.51%   |
|Advisors             |                    |               |              |
+---------------------+--------------------+---------------+--------------+
|BlackRock Asset      |                    |               |              |
|Management Canada    |       25 769       |     53 670    |      0.05%   |
|Limited              |                    |               |              |
+---------------------+--------------------+---------------+--------------+
|BlackRock Advisors,  |       10 098       |      9 953    |      0.01%   |
|LLC                  |                    |               |              |
+---------------------+--------------------+---------------+--------------+
|BlackRock Financial  |       27 380       |     43 417    |      0.04%   |
|Management, Inc.     |                    |               |              |
+---------------------+--------------------+---------------+--------------+
|BlackRock Investment |      184 249       |     232 644   |      0.23%   |
|Management, LLC      |                    |               |              |
+---------------------+--------------------+---------------+--------------+
|BlackRock Investment |                    |               |              |
|Management           |       9 140        |     10 869    |      0.01%   |
|(Australia) Limited  |                    |               |              |
+---------------------+--------------------+---------------+--------------+
|BlackRock Investment |                    |               |              |
|Management (Dublin)  |       1 182        |        0      |      0.00%   |
|Limited              |                    |               |              |
+---------------------+--------------------+---------------+--------------+
|BlackRock            |       24 901       |     17 403    |      0.02%   |
|(Netherlands) B.V.   |                    |               |              |
+---------------------+--------------------+---------------+--------------+
|BlackRock Fund       |       26 596       |     28 344    |      0.03%   |
|Managers Limited     |                    |               |              |
+---------------------+--------------------+---------------+--------------+
|BlackRock Asset      |                    |               |              |
|Management Ireland   |      127 949       |     102 016   |      0.10%   |
|Limited              |                    |               |              |
+---------------------+--------------------+---------------+--------------+
|BlackRock            |       27 570       |     13 180    |      0.01%   |
|International Limited|                    |               |              |
+---------------------+--------------------+---------------+--------------+
|BlackRock Investment |                    |               |              |
|Management (UK)      |       9 627        |     150 326   |      0.15%   |
|Limited              |                    |               |              |
+---------------------+--------------------+---------------+--------------+
|Total                |     4 950 519      |    5 147 654  |      5.07%   |
+---------------------+--------------------+---------------+--------------+



On May 26, 2011, BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited notified Delhaize Group that as of May 19, 2011 BlackRock owned 5 147 654 Delhaize Group shares, representing 5.07% of its voting rights. This is an increase of 197 135 shares compared to the previous notification of ownership received on October 15, 2010.

According to the notification that Delhaize Group received from BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited on May 26, 2011 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 six countries on three continents. At the end of the first quarter of 2011, Delhaize Group's sales network consisted of 2 816 stores. In 2010, Delhaize Group posted EUR 20.8 billion (USD 27.6 billion) in revenues and EUR 574 million (USD 762 million) in net profit (Group share). At the end of 2010, Delhaize Group employed approximately 138 600 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.


Press release in PDF format: http://hugin.info/133961/R/1519876/456298.pdf


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