Overview of group business developments

METRO GROUP continued to increase its sales in the short financial year 2013. In a continually challenging environment, group sales rose by 0.9 per cent to €45.0 billion (adjusted for portfolio changes and currency effects). Portfolio changes include the sale of the cash & carry business of MAKRO Cash & Carry in the United Kingdom, the divestment of Real’s Eastern European business and Media Markt’s withdrawal from China. All transactions were initiated in 2012.

Group EBIT before special items increased by €22 million to €728 million during the short financial year 2013.