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Notes to the Financial Statements 1. General Information The principal activity of Delhaize Group (also referred to, with its consolidated and associated companies, except where the context otherwise requires, as “we,” “us,” “our,” “the Group” and “the Company”) is the operation of food supermarkets. The Company is present in ten countries on three continents. The Group’s sales network also includes other store formats such as convenience stores. In addition to food retailing, Delhaize Group engages in food wholesaling to affiliated stores in its sales network and independent wholesale customers and in retailing of non-food products such as pet products. The Company is a limited liability company incorporated and domiciled in Belgium, with its shares listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels and on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”), under the symbols “DELB” and “DEG,” respectively. The consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2012 as presented in this annual report were prepared under the responsibility of the Board of Directors and authorized for issue by the Board of Directors on March 6, 2013 subject to approval of the statutory non-consolidated financial statements by the shareholders at the Ordinary General Meeting to be held on May 23, 2013. In compliance with Belgian law, the consolidated accounts will be presented for information purposes to the shareholders of Delhaize Group at the same meeting. The consolidated financial statements are not subject to amendment except conforming changes to reflect decisions, if any, of the shareholders with respect to the statutory non-consolidated financial statements affecting the consolidated financial statements. 2. Significant Accounting Policies 2.1 Basis of Preparation The consolidated financial statements comprise the financial statements of Delhaize Group and its subsidiaries as of

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