COST CONTROLS BOOST DELHAIZE PROFITS IN 2ND QUARTER

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Delhaize Group here last week said its profits improved more than expected in the second quarter because of the success of its cost-control programs and gains in sales.In the United States, comparable-store sales were up 1.4% in the period, and total sales grew 5.4%, to $4 billion, compared with year-ago results.In a conference call discussing the earnings results, the company

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Delhaize Group here last week said its profits improved more than expected in the second quarter because of the success of its cost-control programs and gains in sales.

In the United States, comparable-store sales were up 1.4% in the period, and total sales grew 5.4%, to $4 billion, compared with year-ago results.

In a conference call discussing the earnings results, the company said the increase in operating margins -- from 4.1% in last year's second quar

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