Dear Readers,

METRO GROUP’s Annual Report for 2013 is unique: we report on the short financial year from 1 January 2013 to 30 September 2013. This can be attributed to a change in our financial year, which in future will begin on 1 October and end on 30 September of the following year.
In the period under review, we focused first and foremost on creating added value for our customers. As part of this work, we did not only intensify current measures, but also develop and implement new ideas and concepts. The title of our annual report “We’re getting down to business” pays homage to this strategy.

The Management Board of METRO AG