Harris Teeter announced Week 6 Winners of its Together in Education $100,000 Giveaway

Four Weeks, $40,000 in Prizes Remain

Alexandria, Va., 2014-3-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Last Saturday, March 8, 2014, as part of Harris Teeter’s Together in Education (TIE) $100,000 Giveaway, Harris Teeter’s TIE Prize Patrol visited the homes of eight Very Important Customer (VIC) cardholders in Alexandria, Va. and gave away a total of $5,000 to the customers and another $5,000 to their TIE schools.

During the $100,000 Giveaway, Weekly Contestants (“Winners”) are randomly drawn and awarded up to $10,000, the total prize being determined by the number of Harris Teeter Brands founds in their homes.  The winner(s) automatically receives $500, to be split evenly with the TIE school to which their VIC card is linked.  Additionally, for each Harris Teeter Brand product found in a winner’s home, Harris Teeter gives away another $100, to be split with the same school. The TIE Prize Patrol continues visiting homes until the entire $10,000 is awarded for a particular week.

Harris Teeter also selects and advertises a Bonus Item each week.  The Bonus Item is worth a total of $500.  The Week 6 Bonus Item Harris Teeter Bottled Water, 24-pack not found in the winners’ homes; the Week 7 Bonus Item is HT Traders Chopped Salad.

Weekly Contestant TIE School HT Brands Total Prize
Week 6 Winners
Adele Siegmund St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School 30 $3,500
Jessica Hensley James K. Polk Elementary 15 $2,000
Farida Mansurova St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School
and Alexandria Country Day School
15 $2,000
Lisa Nichols Campbell Elementary School NA $500
Allison Hyra Annandale UMC Child Dev’t Center NA $500
Mary Stewart St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School NA $500
Stephen Kravitsky James K. Polk Elementary NA $500
John Hanley St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School NA $500
Week 5 Winners
Mary Ann Hoffman Canterbury School 27 $3,200
Sara Strandberg Southeast Guilford High School 19 $2,400
Lydia Bolmer Erwin Montessori Elementary 9 $1,400
Mary Michaux High Point Friends School, Inc. NA $500
Nina Harmon Claxton Elementary School NA $500
Janice Roback Page High School NA $500
David Forster Early College at Guilford Robotics Club NA $500
Amy Ferguson Our Lady of Grace NA $500
Mary Wall Western Guilford High Soccer Program NA $500
Week 4 Winners
Shannon Reed Paisley Magnet School 50* $5,900
Jeffery England Morgan Elementary School 22* $3,100
Bonnie Smith North Hills Elementary NA $500
Sandra LaHaie Hanes Middle School NA $500
Week 3 Winners
Kelly Turner Covenant Day School 39 $4,40
Andrew Cudahy Butler High School 51 $5,600
Week 2 Winners
The Parada Family South Mecklenburg High School Lacrosse 95 $10,000
Week 1 Winners
David Brown Carrboro High School PTSA 91* $10,000

*Including Bonus Item
Four weeks remain in the contest; be sure your VIC card is linked to a TIE school for a chance to participate in the $100,000 Giveaway.

BRC-KPMG: UK retail sales for February 2014 down 1.0% on like-for-like basis from February 2013

UK retail sales were down 1.0% on a like-for-like basis from February 2013, when they had increased 2.7% on the preceding year. On a total basis, sales were up 0.7%, against a 4.4% increase in February 2013.

LONDON, UK, 2014-3-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 3-month average total growth was 2.8%, in line with the 12-month trend, now at 2.7%.

Home Accessories was the top performing category, followed by Furniture and Flooring which was the greatest contributor to overall growth.

Online sales of non-food products in the UK grew 14.3% in February versus a year earlier. The online penetration rate achieved 17.5% in February.

Helen Dickinson, Director General, British Retail Consortium, said: “Our sales figures for February show a slower pace of growth in the retail industry than in previous months, underlining that the consumer-led recovery is still developing.

“However, this slower growth might have been expected in some ways, given the record sales figures we saw in January and the strong results that we are comparing against from last year. If they were taken together, the figures from the last three months show a 2.8 per cent average growth in the retail industry, a modest increase on the 12 month average.

“Once again, furniture and home accessories were the best performing categories. This further illustrates the impact of the continued recovery in the housing market on the wider economy. On the other hand, Food sales continued to stay relatively flat.

“Overall, these figures reflect the considerable challenges still faced by consumers and retailers in the UK. It remains to be seen how the industry will fare over 2014.”

David McCorquodale, Head of Retail, KPMG, said: “February saw a hiatus on the high street, with online sales soaring while in store sales stalled. There’s no doubt inclement weather exacerbated this trend, but it certainly underscores the importance of having a sophisticated online operation.

“The grocery sector remains fiercely competitive. February’s figures were impacted by the discounting campaigns launched by the value grocers, which caused a sharp slowdown of overall price inflation in the food sector.

“There were some bright spots amidst the gloom. The effects of a rapidly recovering housing market are already feeding through to the retail sector, with sales of furniture and home accessories remaining solid.

“However overall sales were pretty flat, which serves as a reminder that recovery is far from certain. Retailers need the Government to deliver measures in the forthcoming Budget which will give shoppers more pounds in their pocket, but more importantly imbue them with the confidence to spend them.”

An in-depth version of this report is available to BRC retail members, and subscribers to our Business Information Services.

Click here to contact the BRC regarding membership or a subscription to our Business Information Services.

BRC-KPMG: Online sales of Non-Food products in the UK grew 14.3% in February versus a year earlier

Online sales of Non-Food products in the UK grew 14.3% in February versus a year earlier. In February 2013, they had increased by 12.3% over the previous year.

LONDON, UK, 2014-3-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — In February, online sales represented 17.5% of total Non-Food sales of our Monitor, against 15.4% in February 2013.

Online sales contributed 2.1 percentage points to the growth of Non-Food total sales. Excluding online, Non-Food store sales would have been down in February: half of the categories – Clothing, Footwear and Other Non-Food – would have shown a decline.

Helen Dickinson, Director General, British Retail Consortium, said: “Online sales continued to show strong growth in February for what is generally a relatively quiet, mid-season month. Overall, the 17.8 per cent sales growth average from the last three months is significantly higher than the 12 month average of 12.7 per cent.

“These figures underline the importance of retailers’ omnichannel offers, with online sales boosting what would otherwise have been declining sales figures for half of all categories.

“Online and omnichannel retailing is going from strength to strength. Consumers are increasingly using smartphones and tablets to research and buy almost every type of product, and retailers continue to invest heavily to provide the seamless customer journey that shoppers are demanding. The industry continues to demonstrate real innovation with online at the heart of structural changes which are spreading to all corners of retailing.”

David McCorquodale, Head of Retail, KPMG, said: “After suffering one of the wettest winters on record it’s perhaps unsurprising that shoppers preferred to shop from the sanctuary of their sofas in February. Online played a crucial role this month, and without internet sales, non-food sales would have fallen into negative territory. Online sales remain a key pillar of retailers’ revenues and this absolutely justifies the extensive investment being made to improve multichannel operations and the experience retailers deliver to customers both online and in store.”

An in-depth version of this report is available to  BRC retail members, and subscribers to our  Business Information Services.

 Click here to contact the BRC regarding membership or a subscription to our Business Information Services.

ICSC: Retail sales rose by a solid 1.3% in the first week of March

NEW YORK, 2014-3-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Retail sales roared like a lion during the past week ending March 8, 2014. Sales rose by a solid 1.3%, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index.Sales also improved on a year-over-year basis, up 2.1% in the latest period, after a soft patch during the prior two weeks.

“Sales received a nice lift over the past week as consumers were more motivated to shop, according to the ICSC-GS consumer tracking survey,” said Michael Niemira, ICSC vice president of research and chief economist. “Although adverse winter weather continued to play havoc regionally, a bout of extremely warm temperatures in the West (the warmest in more than 23 years, according to Weather Trends International) was favorable for spring seasonal categories,” added Niemira.

For March ICSC Research expects monthly comparable store sales will increase by about 3.0%.

Week Ending          Index 1977=100          Year/Year Change          Weekly Change
08-March-14                  547.4                              2.1%                             1.3%
01-March-14                  540.5                              1.5%                             0.3%
22-Feb-14                    538.9                              1.4%                            -0.6%
15-Feb-14                    542.0                              2.1%                             2.5%

[Editor’s notes: The complete report will be available at 7:45 a.m. at: http://www.icsc.org/research/publications/weekly-retail-sales-tracking. In addition, historical data from this index is available under the Research section on ICSC’s website. To view the data, visit http://www.icsc.org/research/edataand click on the “Enter e-Data” link and enter the following member id number (1177584) and password (press2002pass) to obtain access to report and historical data. The material can be found under the “Tables Tab” once you enter the e-Data section.]

The Weekly Chain Store Sales Snapshot is produced by the International Council of Shopping Centers and Goldman Sachs. This index measures U.S. nominal same-store or comparable-store sales excluding restaurant and vehicle demand. The weekly index is constructed as a sales-weighted geometric average growth rate to preserve long-term consistency and is statistically benchmarked to a broad-based monthly retail industry sales aggregate that currently represents a sampling of leading retail chain stores, which also is compiled by ICSC. A representative sample of those major retailers has been used as a control group to extrapolate the weekly sales index. As such, the weekly index statistically represents industry sales and is not just a sum of sales for a handful of retailers. The standard period used for the index is Sunday through Saturday, even though some retailers use a different weekly accounting period. The weekly sales index is presented on an adjusted basis to account for normal seasonality and to counter other data anomalies. Weekly seasonal adjustment is at best difficult for chain store sales given that retailers can and often do shift promotions to counter typical shifts in the calendar. Nonetheless, the approach to weekly seasonal adjustment used follows from the Piser Method, which was popular in the early 1930s and became the standard for weekly adjustment.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a bank holding company and a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm. Goldman Sachs provides a wide range of services worldwide to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high net worth individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong and other major financial centers around the world.

Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 60,000 members in over 90 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials.  As the global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 25 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world.  For more information, visit www.icsc.org.
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ICSC Contacts:

Michael Niemira
+ 1 646-728-3472
mniemira@icsc.org

Jesse Tron
+ 1 646-728-3814
jtron@icsc.org

Malachy Kavanagh
+ 1 646-728-3495
mkavanagh@icsc.org

Goldman Sachs Contact:
Leslie Shribman
+1 212-902-5400

Belk’s Spring Charity Sale provides opportunity for customers to support local charities while taking advantage of special discounts

Company-wide event on Saturday, May 3, from 6 – 10 a.m. will benefit thousands of schools and charitable organizations across the South

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 2014-3-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Belk’s Spring Charity Sale on Saturday, May 3, provides an opportunity for customers to support local charities while taking advantage of special discounts of 20 to 70 percent off of purchases made during the four-hour event from 6 to 10 a.m.

In return for purchasing a $5 ticket, customers get great buys on rarely discounted merchandise and other items throughout the store. Plus, customers receive a $5 credit on Charity Sale purchases completely offsetting the cost of the ticket. Charities get to keep 100 percent of the proceeds from each $5 ticket sold.

The first 100 customers in each store on the morning of Charity Sale will receive free Belk gift cards ranging in value from $5 to $100, and a chance to win one of three $1,000 Belk gift cards awarded company-wide.

“Our biannual Charity Sale is a win-win for Belk and the communities we serve,” said Jessica Graham, vice president, communications and community relations at Belk. “The upcoming Charity Sale event on May 3 is a great opportunity for our customers to get great bargains on our latest fall fashions and top brands and at the same time benefit their favorite local charities. It’s one of many ways that Belk reinforces its long-standing commitment to community involvement and charitable giving.”

Spring Charity Sale tickets are now being sold by participating non-profit organizations, and beginning Friday, April 25, tickets may also be purchased at Belk stores. All revenues from in-store ticket purchases are equally divided among participating charities and schools in each local store. In addition, all Charity Sale participants will be entered into a drawing to win one of three $1,000 cash awards (one in each of the three Belk operating divisions) for their school or non-profit organization.

The Fall 2013 Belk Charity Sale raised more than $5 million for nearly 8,000 schools and community nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in Belk markets, and last year, the two Charity Sale events together raised a total of more than $10 million for participating charities.

For more information about Belk’s Spring Charity Sale, customers may contact their local Belk store.

Customers should note the following:  the $5 Charity Sale Ticket discount credit is valid on the first regular, sale or clearance purchase, including cosmetics and fragrances. Purchases of Brighton, Diane Von Furstenberg, My Flat in London, Vitamix, Ugg, and Under Armour are excluded. The discount is not valid on phone orders or belk.com. No cash back. Limit one $5 discount per customer.

About Belk, Inc. 
Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk, Inc. (www.belk.com) is the nation’s largest family owned and operated department store company with 299 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence.  Its belk.com website offers a wide assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home. Founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C., the company is in the third generation of Belk family leadership and has been committed to community involvement since its inception. In the fiscal year ending Feb. 1, 2014, the company and its associates, customers and vendors donated more than $20.9 million to communities within Belk market areas.

Belk offers many ways to connect via digital and social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, Google Plus and Belk Blog, and provides exclusive offers, fashion updates, sales notifications and coupons via email or mobile phone text messages. Customers can also download the latest Belk mobile apps for the iPad, iPhone or Android.

For further information: Jessica Graham, APR, Vice President, Communications & Community Relations, Belk, 704-426-8333, Jessica_graham@belk.com

Roundy’s opened doors to Mariano’s Western Springs

Western Springs Store Offers Specialty Cheese Shop, Olive Oil and Vinegar Bar and Locally Roasted Coffee

Milwaukee, Wis., 2014-3-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Roundy’s, Inc. (“Roundy’s”) (NYSE: RNDY), a leading grocer in the Midwest, will open doors to Mariano’s Western Springs on Tues., March 11, at 6 a.m. Mariano’s latest store is located at 4700 Gilbert Ave.

“At Mariano’s Western Springs, we are taking a fresh, new approach to service, value and selection,” said Roundy’s Chairman and CEO Bob Mariano. “We’re partnering with local and regional suppliers, manufacturers and restaurants to bring the best food and ingredients Chicagoland has to offer here in one convenient and family-friendly location.”

  • Premium coffees and espressos, freshly roasted right in Chicago, along with traditional Italian gelato at Vero – Mariano’s ownauthentic Italiancoffee shop
  • Squeez’d – our smoothie bar that features a variety of made-to-order nutritional fruit and vegetable smoothies
  • OKI Sushi offers pre-made Maki and unique signature rolls prepared by our onsite sushi chefs
  • Specialty Olive Oil and Vinegar Shop, showcasing 180 olive oils and 160 vinegars – including a tasting bar

Western Springs is the third Mariano’s store to open, following Roundy’s acquisition of 11 Dominick’s locations in December 2013. This opening will bring the total of Mariano’s stores to 17 across the greater Chicagoland area. With 29 Mariano’s locations spread throughout the Chicago metropolitan area at the end of 2014, Mariano’s will have created more than 10,000 jobs in the Chicagoland market in four short years.

Additional details on this event, as well as other grand-opening week activities, can be found on Mariano’s FacebookTwitter, and website, www.marianos.com.

Mariano’s Western Springs will be open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The pharmacy will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About Roundy’s 
Roundy’s is a leading grocer in the Midwest with nearly $4.0 billion in sales and more than 21,000 employees. Founded in Milwaukee in 1872, Roundy’s operates 165 retail grocery stores and 113 pharmacies under the Pick ’n Save, Rainbow, Copps, Metro Market and Mariano’s retail banners in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois. Roundy’s is committed to helping the communities its stores serve through the Roundy’s Foundation. Chartered in 2003, the Roundy’s Foundation mission is to support organizations working to relieve hunger and helping families in crisis due to domestic abuse, neglect and other at-risk situations.

Media Contact: 
James Hyland, VP Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
414-231-5811
james.hyland@roundys.com

Marketing Contact: 
Dana Schueller, Director, Senior Marketing Leader Mariano’s
414-758-9944
dana.schueller@roundys.com

Intershop to enhance brand identity of energy supplier E WIE EINFACH with the addition of a digital shopping environment

E WIE EINFACH enters online commerce under the WIE EINFACH! brand with the help of Intershop

Jena, Germany, 2014-3-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Intershop, the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions, is enhancing the brand identity of energy supplier E WIE EINFACH with the addition of a digital shopping environment. This has allowed E WIE EINFACH to apply its core brand values to a new, additional business segment, achieving this without any significant increase in administrative costs thanks to Intershop’s Full-Service E-Commerce package. The new marketplace “WIE EINFACH!” (German for “HOW EASY!”) (www.wie-einfach.de) offers practical products, creative aids, and surprising tips that take some of the complexity out of everyday living or enhance the quality of life. These include handbags that can recharge cell phone batteries during travel and a belt that converts into a bicycle lock.

Intershop beat nine competitors in the selection process. The company made a compelling case for itself specifically by virtue of a solution that ties in well with the customer’s existing ERP system, a storefront controlled by third-party providers, external payment service providers, and complete coverage by its Full-Service E-Commerce solution of every necessary process relating to the marketplace.

To generate traffic, E WIE EINFACH primarily uses its own channels, such as its Facebook account and the e-magazine “WIE EINFACH!”. Available as a screen version or app for tablet PCs, it introduces products specially designed for various aspects of life and suggests ways to simplify one’s daily routine.

“True to the core brand value on which our identity is based, we are expanding our portfolio of products and services with our WIE EINFACH! shop while also bringing greater simplicity to everyday aspects of life,” explains Oliver Bolay, Managing Director of E WIE EINFACH. “In so doing, we as a provider are developing an attractive and up-to-date business model for ourselves beyond the business of providing electricity and gas,” Bolay continues.

As a result of our Full-Service E-Commerce package with the Intershop SaaS platform at its core, setting up this business segment, which was entirely new for the energy group, was not difficult from a technical standpoint. We are now looking forward to using our expertise to help E WIE EINFACH expand its current business.”

About Intershop
Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services including online marketing consulting. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 500 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Deutsche Telekom, and Mexx run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at www.intershop.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.

INTERSHOP PUBLIC RELATIONS

Heide Rausch
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
E-mail: pr@intershop.de

NRF and Hackett Associates report: Retail Imports To Rise In March As Retailers Stock Up For Spring

WASHINGTON, 2014-3-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 12.4 percent in March as retailers begin to stock up for the spring and the summer season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“Retailers are bouncing back from the annual post-holiday slowdown and getting ready for the surge in activity that comes each year as the weather warms up,” Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “Shelves are going to be well-stocked with everything from bathing suits to barbecues.”

“Congestion has been a problem for many ports during this slowdown, so operations will need to improve to handle the expected surge in the coming months,” Gold said. Cargo movement at some ports has been slowed by a number of issues recently, including severe winter weather and shortages of labor and equipment.

U.S. ports followed by Global Port Tracker handled 1.36 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units in January, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. That was up 5.3 percent from December and 4.1 percent from January 2013. One TEU is one 20-foot cargo container or its equivalent.

February, historically the slowest month of the year, was estimated at 1.17 million TEU, down 8.8 percent from the same month last year. March is forecast at 1.28 million TEU, up 12.4 percent from last year; April at 1.36 million TEU, up 5.1 percent; May at 1.44 million TEU, up 3.7 percent; June at 1.43 million TEU, up 5.3 percent, and July at 1.49 million TEU, up 3.4 percent. The first half of the year is expected to total 8 million TEU, up 3.5 percent over last year.

The total for 2013 was 16.2 million TEU, up 2.3 percent from 2012’s 15.8 million TEU.

The import numbers come as NRF is forecasting 4.1 percent sales growth in 2014, contingent on how Washington policies on economic issues affect consumer confidence.

“At the end of the day, it all depends on consumption,” Hackett Associates Founder Ben Hackett said. “We cannot escape the basic tenant of economics that demand determines growth or weakness.  Somehow, the average consumer needs to be given the economic confidence to go out and spend. Without that, the economy will remain weak and no amount of tinkering by the Federal Reserve will have much of an impact.”

Global Port Tracker, which is produced for NRF by the consulting firm Hackett Associates, covers the U.S. ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma on the West Coast; New York/New Jersey, Hampton Roads, Charleston, Savannah, Port Everglades and Miami on the East Coast, and Houston on the Gulf Coast. The report is free to NRF retail members, and subscription information is available at www.nrf.com/PortTracker or by calling (202) 783-7971. Subscription information for non-members can be found at www.globalporttracker.com.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. www.nrf.com 

Hackett Associates provides expert consulting, research and advisory services to the international maritime industry, government agencies and international institutions.

Contact: J. Craig Shearman or Bethany Aronhalt (855) NRF-PRESS
press@nrf.com 

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Delhaize Group to announce fourth quarter and full year 2013 results on Thursday March 13

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, 2014-3-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize Group will announce its fourth quarter and full year 2013 results (ended December 31, 2013) on Thursday March 13, 2014 at 7:00 a.m. CET. The press release will be available on Delhaize Group’s website (www.delhaizegroup.com) immediately after its publication.

The Delhaize Group management team will discuss the fourth quarter and full year 2013 results during an analyst meeting that will start at 10:00 a.m. CET on March 13, 2014. To listen, please call +44 (0)20 775 099 26 (U.K.), +32 (0)2 400 35 05 or +1 914 885 07 79 (U.S.), with participant pin code 92065968#

The analyst meeting will also be broadcast live over the internet on March 13, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. CET atwww.delhaizegroup.com. An audio replay of this webcast will be available at the same website starting at 02:00 p.m. CET on March 13, 2014.

Delhaize Group
Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in nine countries on three continents. At the end of 2013, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3 534 stores. In 2013, Delhaize Group posted €21.1 billion ($28.0 billion) in revenues. In 2012, Delhaize Group posted €104 million ($134 million) in net profit (Group share). At the end of 2012, Delhaize Group employed approximately 158 000 people. Delhaize Group’s stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG)

Contacts 

Investor Relations: + 32 2 412 2151
Media Relations: + 32 2 412 8669

 

Ahold repurchased 3,784,727 Ahold common shares for € 54.76 million between 24-28 February 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-3-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 3,784,727 Ahold common shares in the period from February 24, 2014 up to and including February 28, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of € 13.8086 per share for a total consideration of € 54.76 million. These repurchases were made as part of the € 500 million share buyback program announced on February 28, 2013 as increased by € 1.5 billion to a total amount of € 2 billion announced on June 4, 2013.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 91,942,400 common shares for a total consideration of € 1,172.89 million.

In view of the completion of the capital repayment and reverse stock split, Ahold will suspend its share buyback program as from March 7, 2014. The share buyback program will restart on Monday March 31, 2014.

During the share buyback program, Ahold publishes a press release every Monday with a weekly update. Click here to view all the relevant information of these these weekly updates. Separate weekly press releases are available upon request. Please send an email to communications@ahold.com if you would like to receive one or more of these weekly releases.

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Ahold to acquire SPAR’s business in the Czech Republic for CZK 5,245 million

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-3-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement to acquire SPAR’s business in the Czech Republic for an enterprise value of CZK 5,245 million. The acquisition will be funded from existing cash resources and is subject to merger clearance.

Ahold acquires 50 stores, of which 36 are compact hypers and 14 are supermarkets. In 2013 net sales amounted to CZK 12 billion.

This acquisition is in line with Ahold’s strategy to expand its geographic reach in both current and adjacent markets, and focus on leading market positions. Ahold has had a presence in the Czech Republic since 1991 and has developed the business under the Albert brand name to become one of the best known food retailers in the country.

Commenting on the acquisition, Dick Boer, CEO of Ahold, said: “Our Czech Republic Albert’s business has continued to successfully improve the performance of its business during recent years. The acquisition of SPAR’s business in the Czech Republic is an important strategic step and marks an exciting new phase for Ahold in the Czech Republic. It allows us to combine two companies that have a natural fit and that share a continuous focus on quality and value, and becoming a better place to shop for our customers. It will provide our large base of local suppliers access to an even bigger market, and I look forward to welcoming the associates to our company.”

Rudolf Staudinger, board director responsible for foreign operations at the Austrian SPAR AG, commented: “Our company strategy entails that we manage to establish a satisfying market position in the countries we do business in. Our conclusion was that this could not be realized in the Czech Republic and we will concentrate on other markets such as Italy, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia. As we therefore withdraw from the Czech Republic, we are pleased that we have found a new home for our business and for our employees.”

Ahold currently operates 284 Albert supermarkets and compact hypers in the Czech Republic. Following the acquisition of SPAR, the company will have over 330 stores, becoming the number one food retailing brand in the country.

Cautionary notice

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