47. Events after the balance sheet date

Between the balance sheet date (30 September 2013) and the preparation of the consolidated financial statements (5 December 2013), the following events of material importance to an assessment of the earnings, financial and asset position of METRO AG and METRO GROUP occurred:

The EU Commission is currently conducting an antitrust inquiry into the Media-Saturn group of companies in Germany to determine whether any laws have been violated. The inquiry does not mean that any laws were actually violated. It can take a certain period of time until a decision is reached about this issue. As a result, the company is unable to comment on the possible impact of this inquiry on the earnings, financial and asset position of METRO AG and METRO GROUP at this point in time.