Delhaize Gains Strength as Potential Consolidator

SALISBURY, N.C. The buzz around Delhaize Group recently might be summed up by the theme song playing in television commercials now airing for the company's Bloom stores: C'mon, Get Happy. Buoyed by positive sales momentum, an improving financial picture and rave reviews for its new store formats, Delhaize is attracting shoppers and investors like it never has before. Its stock last week, trading near

SALISBURY, N.C. — The buzz around Delhaize Group recently might be summed up by the theme song playing in television commercials now airing for the company's Bloom stores: “C'mon, Get Happy.”

Buoyed by positive sales momentum, an improving financial picture and rave reviews for its new store formats, Delhaize is attracting shoppers and investors like it never has before.

Its stock last week, trading near $95 a share, was reaching all-time highs and had improved by more

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