SOURCE: Delhaize Group

October 20, 2010 02:25 ET

Delhaize Group: Disclosure of Major Shareholding

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - October 20, 2010) -


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 downwards by BlackRock which now owns 4.88% of Delhaize Group's voting rights as follows:

+---------------+------------------------+--------------------+-----------+
|               |    Number of voting    |                    |  Current  |
|  Holders of   | rights of the previous |  Current number of |percentage |
| Voting Rights |      notification      |    voting rights   | of voting |
|               |                        |                    |  rights   |
+---------------+------------------------+--------------------+-----------+
|BlackRock Asset|                        |                    |           |
|Management     |               96 612   |          93 847    |  0.09 %   |
|Australia      |                        |                    |           |
|Limited        |                        |                    |           |
+---------------+------------------------+--------------------+-----------+
|BlackRock Asset|                        |                    |           |
|Management     |              434 157   |         541 898    |  0.53 %   |
|Japan Limited  |                        |                    |           |
+---------------+------------------------+--------------------+-----------+
|BlackRock      |                        |                    |           |
|Advisors (UK)  |            1 315 353   |       1 193 685    |  1.18 %   |
|Limited        |                        |                    |           |
+---------------+------------------------+--------------------+-----------+
|BlackRock Asset|                        |                    |           |
|Management     |                    0   |          45 335    |  0.04 %   |
|Deutschland AG |                        |                    |           |
+---------------+------------------------+--------------------+-----------+
|BlackRock      |                        |                    |           |
|Institutional  |            2 288 516   |       2 105 457    |  2.08 %   |
|Trust Company, |                        |                    |           |
|N.A.           |                        |                    |           |
+---------------+------------------------+--------------------+-----------+
|BlackRock Fund |              544 747   |         495 836    |  0.49 %   |
|Advisors       |                        |                    |           |
+---------------+------------------------+--------------------+-----------+
|BlackRock Asset|                        |                    |           |
|Management     |               52 143   |          25 769    |  0.03 %   |
|Canada Limited |                        |                    |           |
+---------------+------------------------+--------------------+-----------+
|BlackRock      |               78 200   |          10 098    |  0.01 %   |
|Advisors, LLC  |                        |                    |           |
+---------------+------------------------+--------------------+-----------+
|BlackRock      |                        |                    |           |
|Financial      |                1 278   |          27 380    |  0.03 %   |
|Management,    |                        |                    |           |
|Inc.           |                        |                    |           |
+---------------+------------------------+--------------------+-----------+
|BlackRock      |                        |                    |           |
|Investment     |              129 693   |         184 249    |  0.18 %   |
|Management, LLC|                        |                    |           |
+---------------+------------------------+--------------------+-----------+
|BlackRock      |                        |                    |           |
|Investment     |                        |                    |           |
|Management     |                2 274   |           9 140    |  0.01 %   |
|(Australia)    |                        |                    |           |
|Limited        |                        |                    |           |
+---------------+------------------------+--------------------+-----------+
|BlackRock      |                        |                    |           |
|Investment     |                        |                    |           |
|Management     |                8 498   |           1 182    |  0.00 %   |
|(Dublin)       |                        |                    |           |
|Limited        |                        |                    |           |
+---------------+------------------------+--------------------+-----------+
|BlackRock      |               20 800   |                    |  0.00 %   |
|Luxembourg S.A.|                        |               0    |           |
+---------------+------------------------+--------------------+-----------+
|BlackRock      |                        |                    |           |
|(Netherlands)  |                    0   |          24 901    |  0.02 %   |
|B.V.           |                        |                    |           |
+---------------+------------------------+--------------------+-----------+
|BlackRock Fund |                        |                    |           |
|Managers       |               19 197   |          26 596    |  0.03 %   |
|Limited        |                        |                    |           |
+---------------+------------------------+--------------------+-----------+
|BlackRock Asset|                        |                    |           |
|Management     |                    0   |         127 949    |  0.13 %   |
|Ireland Limited|                        |                    |           |
+---------------+------------------------+--------------------+-----------+
|BlackRock      |                        |                    |           |
|International  |               39 345   |          27 570    |  0.03 %   |
|Limited        |                        |                    |           |
+---------------+------------------------+--------------------+-----------+
|BlackRock      |                        |                    |           |
|Investment     |               21 094   |           9 627    |  0.01 %   |
|Management (UK)|                        |                    |           |
|Limited        |                        |                    |           |
+---------------+------------------------+--------------------+-----------+
|Total:         |            5 051 907   |       4 950 519    |  4.88 %   |
+---------------+------------------------+--------------------+-----------+
On October 15, 2010, BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited notified Delhaize Group that as of October 8, 2010 BlackRock owned 4 950 519 Delhaize Group shares, representing 4.88% of its voting rights. This is a decrease of 101 388 shares compared to the previous notification of ownership received on February 18, 2010.


According to the notification that Delhaize Group received from BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited on October 15, 2010, 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 second quarter of 2010, Delhaize Group's sales network consisted of 2 740 stores. In 2009, Delhaize Group posted EUR 19.9 billion (USD 27.8 billion) in revenues and EUR 514 million (USD 717 million) in net profit (Group share). At the end of 2009, Delhaize Group employed approximately 138 000 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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