Grocer Delhaize posted sales of e11.17bn (£8.84bn) for the first half of 2012, representing growth of 10.1% compared with the same period the previous year. Operating profit was e207m (£163.8m), down 51.5%.

In the US, revenues fell 2.2% to $9.35bn ($5.91bn). Excluding the 126 stores closed in February, sales increased 0.5%.

In Belgium, sales increased 1.8% to e2.42bn (£1.91bn).