Overview of Group business developments

METRO GROUP recorded another increase in sales during the reporting year – despite the deterioration in market conditions, particularly in Southern Europe. Group sales rose by 1.2 percent to €66.7 billion. In local currencies, sales increased by 0.8 percent. Sales growth was capped by portfolio changes, including the divestment of the wholesale business of MAKRO Cash & Carry in the United Kingdom and the sale of the French Saturn consumer electronics stores in 2011. Adjusted for these effects, year-on-year sales growth at METRO GROUP was as high as 2.3 percent. This means that we have fully met our forecast of a sustained increase in sales.

Group EBIT declined by €722 million to €1,391 million. EBIT before special items fell by 16.7 percent to €1,976 million, matching our most recent forecast of about €2 billion.