BRUSSELS, Belgium, Oct. 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
|Financial Summary Third Quarter 2015|
|» Revenue growth of 2.3% at identical exchange rates|
|» Comparable store sales growth of 1.7% (or 4.1% excluding the positive impact from strikes at a competitor last year) in the U.S., 1.7% in Belgium and 5.1% in Southeastern Europe|
|» Group underlying operating profit of €218 million, underlying operating margin of 3.5% (4.2% in the U.S., 1.4% in Belgium, 4.5% in Southeastern Europe)|
|» 162 Food Lion stores relaunched under the "Easy, Fresh & Affordable" strategy on October 14, 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina|
» CEO Comments
Frans Muller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Delhaize Group, commented: "We continue to report robust sales in this third quarter. At Delhaize America, while our revenue growth was driven by Food Lion, Hannaford also posted positive volume growth once adjusted for the competitive turmoil of last summer. We made significant progress with our key strategic initiative "Easy, Fresh & Affordable" at Food Lion by further fine-tuning Wilmington and Greenville, relaunching 162 stores in the Raleigh market two weeks ago and preparing for our next market in 2016."
"Our return to positive comparable store sales growth in Belgium is just a first step as we are putting our operations back onto a path of sustainable growth. During the third quarter, our stores were impacted by significant changes as a result of the agreed departure of many employees. We have started the roll-out of our new store organisation which will be implemented in 53 stores by mid-November. In Southeastern Europe, we continued to benefit from a strong summer in our Greek operations, excellent momentum in Romania, and Serbia also posted good comparable store sales growth."
"We are looking forward to the important fourth quarter of the year and we are confident that we will deliver results and free cash flow in line with expectations. At the same time, we continue to make progress with the proposed merger with Ahold and we are on track to complete the transaction by mid-2016."
CONTACT: Investor Relations: + 32 2 412 2151 Media Relations: + 32 2 412 8669Source:Delhaize Group