Liquidity (cash flow statement)

METRO GROUP’s liquidity is calculated on the basis of the cash flow statement. The cash flow statement serves to calculate and display the cash flows that METRO GROUP generated or employed in the financial year from operating, investing and financing activities. In addition, it shows the changes in cash and cash equivalents between the beginning and end of the financial year.

During the reporting period, total cash outflow of €1,768 million (9M 2012: €–2,095 million) was generated from operating activities. Investing activities led to cash inflows of €747 million (9M 2012: €–600 million). Compared to the previous year’s period, this results in a an increase in cash flow before financing activities of €1,674 million to €–1,021 million. Cash outflow from financing activities totalled €1,690 million (9M 2012: €+1,403 million).

Additional information is included in the “Cash flow statement” in the consolidated financial statements as well as in the notes to the consolidated financial statements in no. 41 “Notes to the cash flow statement”.

Cash flow statement1

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12M 2012

9M 2012

9M 2013


Abridged version. The complete version is shown in the consolidated financial statements.

Cash flow from operating activities




Cash flow from investing activities




Cash flow before financing activities




Cash flow from financing activities




Total cash flows




Currency effects on cash and cash equivalents




Change in cash and cash equivalents