Group business model

METRO GROUP’s corporate structure is characterised by a clear division of responsibilities. The group is headed by METRO AG. As a central management holding company, it oversees group management functions, including, in particular, Finance, Controlling, Legal and Compliance. The central management and administrative functions for METRO Cash & Carry are formally anchored within METRO AG.

The group’s operational business is handled by our three sales lines. In some cases, the sales lines operate in the market with several sales brands or through subsidiaries, depending on the respective strategy, segment and specific competitive environment.

METRO Cash & Carry is responsible for the group’s wholesale business, Media-Saturn for consumer electronics retailing and Real for hypermarkets. All sales lines have undivided responsibility for their entire value chain – from procurement to logistics to store-based retail and online sales.

Galeria Kaufhof was sold to Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) during financial year 2014/15. The transaction was successfully completed at the end of September 2015. Due to the sale, Galeria Kaufhof is no longer shown as a separate segment, but under discontinued operations.

Service companies support all METRO GROUP sales lines with services in such areas as real estate, logistics, information technology and advertising. Together with METRO AG as a management holding, they are recognised under “Others”.

Overview of METRO GROUP

Overview of METRO GROUP (graphic)

Overview of METRO GROUP

METRO Cash & Carry is a leading international player in self-service wholesale trade. Its brands METRO and MAKRO operate in 26 countries throughout Europe and Asia. The wholesale stores offer products and services tailored to the specific needs of professional customers, such as hotels and restaurants, catering firms, independent retailers, service providers and public authorities. In August 2015, METRO GROUP acquired the Classic Fine Foods group (CFF). CFF is active in 25 mostly Asian cities in 14 countries and supplies premium hotels, restaurants and catering firms. At the end of 2014, METRO Cash & Carry closed its stores in Denmark. The wholesale business in Greece was disposed of in January 2015. The sale of the wholesale activities in Vietnam is scheduled to close in financial year 2015/16.

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Media-Saturn is Europe’s number one consumer electronics retailer. The sales line’s success is based on a combination of factors: the strong Media Markt and Saturn brands, a decentralised organisational structure with local managing directors holding minority stakes, and the close dovetailing of all distribution channels and services in a seamless offer for customers. In pure online retail, Media-Saturn has a presence in eight countries through the online retailer Redcoon, a fully owned subsidiary of Media-Saturn, and is represented in Russia through the 003.ru brand. In addition, Media-Saturn acquired a majority stake in live shopping portal iBOOD in April 2015 and a majority stake in repair and services provider RTS in August 2015, thereby expanding its consumer services offering. The closing took place in October 2015.

Real is one of the leading hypermarket operators in Germany, where it is active both in store-based and online retail. All Real hypermarkets are characterised by a large proportion of high-quality fresh produce, a wide range of non-food articles and attractive prices offering good value for money.

Store network by countries and segments

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METRO Cash & Carry1

Media-Saturn

Real

METRO GROUP

Discontinued operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014

2015

2014

2015

2014

2015

2014

2015

2014

2015

1

The METRO Cash & Carry segment also includes the business of the Classic Fine Foods group in China (including Hong Kong), France, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and Vietnam. The locations and countries of the Classic Fine Foods group are not shown in the table as they relate to distribution centres and warehouses whereas this table only covers sales locations.

2

As of financial year 2014/15, the four stores in Romania are shown in the Others segment

3

Including four stores in the Others segment

Germany

107

107

415

417

307

293

829

817

122

118

Austria

12

12

47

48

 

 

59

60

 

 

Belgium

15

15

23

23

 

 

38

38

15

16

Denmark

5

0

 

 

 

 

5

0

 

 

France

93

93

 

 

 

 

93

93

 

 

Italy

49

48

117

110

 

 

166

158

 

 

Luxembourg

 

 

2

2

 

 

2

2

 

 

Netherlands

17

17

45

49

 

 

62

66

 

 

Portugal

10

10

9

9

 

 

19

19

 

 

Spain

37

37

72

77

 

 

109

114

 

 

Sweden

 

 

27

27

 

 

27

27

 

 

Switzerland

 

 

25

27

 

 

25

27

 

 

Western Europe (excl. Germany)

238

232

367

372

 

 

605

604

15

16

Bulgaria

14

11

 

 

 

 

14

11

 

 

Croatia

7

8

 

 

 

 

7

8

 

 

Czech Republic

13

13

 

 

 

 

13

13

 

 

Greece

9

0

10

10

 

 

19

10

 

 

Hungary

13

13

21

21

 

 

34

34

 

 

Kazakhstan

8

7

 

 

 

 

8

7

 

 

Moldova

3

3

 

 

 

 

3

3

 

 

Poland

41

41

71

79

 

 

112

120

 

 

Romania

32

31

 

 

4

02

36

31

 

 

Russia

73

84

63

67

 

 

136

151

 

 

Serbia

10

10

 

 

 

 

10

10

 

 

Slovakia

6

6

 

 

 

 

6

6

 

 

Turkey

28

29

39

41

 

 

67

70

 

 

Ukraine

33

32

 

 

 

 

33

32

 

 

Eastern Europe

290

288

204

218

 

 

498

506

 

 

China

78

82

 

 

 

 

78

82

 

 

India

16

18

 

 

 

 

16

18

 

 

Japan

9

9

 

 

 

 

9

9

 

 

Pakistan

9

9

 

 

 

 

9

9

 

 

Vietnam

19

19

 

 

 

 

19

19

 

 

Asia/Africa

131

137

 

 

 

 

131

137

 

 

International

659

657

571

590

4

0

1,234

1,247

15

16

METRO GROUP

766

764

986

1,007

311

293

2,063

2,0683

137

134