This annual report contains forward-looking statements that are based on certain assumptions and expectations at the time of its publication. These statements are therefore subject to risks and uncertainties, which means that actual results may differ substantially from the futureoriented statements made here. Many of these risks and uncertainties are determined by factors that are beyond the control of METRO GROUP and cannot be gauged with any certainty at this point in time. This includes future market conditions and economic developments, the behaviour of other market participants, the achievement of expected synergy effects as well as legal and political decisions. METRO GROUP does not feel obliged to publish corrections of these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that have occurred after the publication date of this material. The German version is legally binding.