© Jan Van der Perre
The strikes at Delhaize in Belgium (and to a lesser extent also weather and calendar effects) had a negative impact of about 0.7 percentage point on the turnover of the Dutch supermarket group Ahold Delhaize during the second quarter of this year.
Ahold Delhaize posted sales of more than 22 billion euros during the second quarter, an increase of 4.3 percent at constant exchange rates. For the US this was an increase of 2.7 percent to more than 13.6 billion euros, in Europe an increase of 7.0 percent to 8.45 billion euros. Without the impact of the strikes in Belgium, turnover in Europe would have increased by 7.6 percent, according to the company.
Delhaize announced at the beginning of March that it would privatize all its supermarkets in Belgium.
Underlying operating profit increased by 4.4 percent to 904 million euros. Analysts polled by Bloomberg had on average expected an operating profit of around 870 million euros.