Delhaize Group (DEG) Q2 2010 Earnings Call August 13, 2010 2:00 a.m. ET Executives Geert Verellen - VP, IR & External Communications, Delhaize Group Pierre-Olivier Beckers - CEO, Delhaize Group Stefan Descheemaeker - CFO, Delhaize Group Ron Hodge, CEO, Delhaize America Operations Michel Eeckhout - CEO, Delhaize Belgium Analysts Fernand de Boer - Petercam Paul Hofman - CA Cheuvreux Edouard Aubin - Morgan Stanley James Anstead - Barclays Capital Andrew Gwynn - Bank of America Frederic van Daele - Kempen & Co Alastair Johnston - Citigroup Andrew Kasoulis - Credit Suisse James Collins - Deutsche Bank PresentationGeert Verellen
Good afternoon everyone in Europe, good morning in the U.S. Welcome to the conference call concerning Delhaize Group’s results for the second quarter and first half of 2010. This presentation contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those stated in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are detailed from time to time in reports filed by the company with the SEC. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this presentation. Delhaize Group assumes no obligation to update the information contained in this presentation. An audio webcast of this conference call will be available on the company’s website. Delhaize Group reserves all rights to the content of this webcast and this webcast cannot be recorded or otherwise reproduced without the prior express written consent of Delhaize Group. Today, we have the following people with us: Pierre-Olivier Beckers, CEO Delhaize Group; Stéfan Descheemaeker, CFO Delhaize Group; Ron Hodge, CEO Delhaize America Operations; and Michel Eeckhout, CEO Delhaize Belgium.