Belgian supermarket group Delhaize Group’s full-year net profit to December 31 rose 23.4% to E364.9m on sales up 4.2% to E18.6bn.

Pierre-Olivier Beckers, president and chief executive officer of Delhaize Group, added: “We plan to make 2006 our fourth consecutive year with increased sales growth through many in-store initiatives and more store openings.”