SOURCE: Delhaize Group

October 20, 2009 12:43 ET

Disclosure of Major Shareholding

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - October 20, 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 AllianceBernstein L.P. by owning 2.92% of Delhaize Group's voting rights.

On October 15, 2009, AXA Investment Managers Paris notified Delhaize Group that as of October 13, 2009 AllianceBernstein L.P. and its subsidiaries together owned 2 942 690 Delhaize Group shares, representing 2.92% of its voting rights. This is a decrease of 1.79% compared to the previous notification of ownership of 4 744 084 shares received on September 15, 2009.

According to this notification, AllianceBernstein L.P. is a holding company of the AXA Group which owns management companies and companies providing investment services for the account of third parties. AXA Investment Managers Paris indicated that AllianceBernstein L.P. and its subsidiaries for the account of which this notification has been made, act independently of any other entity of AXA Group.

» Delhaize Group

Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in six countries on three continents. As of June 30, 2009, Delhaize Group's sales network consisted of 2 684 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).

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