CALM WINTER SLOWS HANNAFORD

BRUSSELS - Delhaize Group here said sales at its Hannaford Bros. chain in New England were weak in the first quarter this year relative to last year because of the lack of severe winter weather in 2006, but strong sales at Food Lion helped compensate.In a conference call discussing earnings for the first quarter, which ended March 31, Delhaize said Hannaford retained market share despite the slump

BRUSSELS - Delhaize Group here said sales at its Hannaford Bros. chain in New England were weak in the first quarter this year relative to last year because of the lack of severe winter weather in 2006, but strong sales at Food Lion helped compensate.

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