Belgian supermarket giant Delhaize has drawn a line under its unsuccessful attempt to crack the German food market.

The supermarket group confirmed today it had sold its four stores in the country to German retailer Rewe, having initially agreed a deal in July.

Delhaize first entered the German market in 2003 but last year posted a loss against sales in the country of just under €20m.

Earlier this year Delhaize was caught up in spat with manufacturing giant Unilever over pricing that resulting in hundreds of Unilever products being pulled from the supermarket’s shelves.