Sales Up at Food Lion, Hannaford Gains

Delhaize Group here last week said strong sales at Hannaford Bros. and Food Lion, among other factors, helped drive double-digit profit gains in the second quarter. The company posted a 16% gain in U.S. operating profits for the period, to $252.2 million. Comparable-store sales in the U.S. rose 2.8% in the quarter. In the second quarter, our margins continued to evolve favorably due to good

BRUSSELS — Delhaize Group here last week said strong sales at Hannaford Bros. and Food Lion, among other factors, helped drive double-digit profit gains in the second quarter.

The company posted a 16% gain in U.S. operating profits for the period, to $252.2 million. Comparable-store sales in the U.S. rose 2.8% in the quarter.

“In the second quarter, our margins continued to evolve favorably due to good cost control, sales mix improvements, price optimizations and invent

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