- At the end of 1999 the Delhaize Group had 124,933 employees and 2,112 outlets. It expects to have 2,449 stores by the end of this year. - It operates in 11 countries. - Sales increased 10.8% in 1999 to BEF577.3bn (£8.6bn) - Operating cashflow increased 12.5% to BEF39.4bn (£588m) - The group bought Hannaford in August 1999 for US$3.6bn and expects the merger of the two companies to bring synergies of IS$40m during its first complete year and US$75m in its third {{COVER FEATURE }}