Sales at Delhaize Group rose 1.2% last year at a constant exchange rate, with organic revenue growth of 2.4%.

Growth was helped by a solid performance in Belgium and double-digit rises at its Greek, Romanian and Indonesian operations.

At its US arm, sales fell 1.3%, affected by the strengthening of the US dollar against the euro.

Delhaize Group ended 2009 with a sales network of 2,732 stores - an increase of 59 compared with the year before.