BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Delhaize Group here last week said it was optimistic that the second half of 2005 would be better than the first. After reporting weaker-than-expected results for the first two quarters, Delhaize said in a conference call last week that improving sales trends at Food Lion and several other factors should propel the company's sales and earnings down the stretch. "We have a lot of irons in the fire, and we believe they will support our performance in the second half of ...

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