Belgian-based retailer Delhaize said that third quarter sales at its US operations have improved and continued to be strong in its home market.

Total sales for the period fell 7% to 4.7bn euros due to the weakening of the US dollar by 12.5% against the euro, Delhaize noted. Organic sales growth rose 2.6% compared to 2% last year.

Same store sales increased 5.7% in Belgium and by 1% Stateside at its
Food Lion, Kash n' Karry and Hannaford units.

Delhaize boss Pierre-Olivier Beckers said: “We are particularly pleased with the U.S. comparable-store sales growth of 1% due to reinforced operational execution and the success of sustainable sales growth initiatives.

“The sales growth and continued cost discipline enabled us to increase our profitability despite continued reinvestments in our price competitiveness and in other sales-building activities.”