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 full responsibility for their entire value chain.

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 the management holding, they are recognised under “Others”.

Overview of METRO GROUP

Overview of METRO GROUP (graphic)

Overview of METRO GROUP

METRO (logo)
Makro (logo)

METRO Cash & Carry is a leading international player in self-service wholesale trade. Its brands METRO and MAKRO operate in 25 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. Aside from the cash-and-carry business, the sale line is also active in the food service distribution (FSD) are, among others through the Classic Fine Foods group (CFF), which has been part of the company since August 2015 and operates in 25 major cities in 14 mainly Asian countries. It supplies premium hotels, restaurants and catering firms. In financial year 2015/16, METRO GROUP reinforced this business field through additional acquisitions in Europe: in April 2016, it concluded the acquisition of Rungis Express, a Germany-based premium food supplier and parent company of Swiss premium food supplier Fideco. In July 2016, METRO GROUP signed the contract for the acquisition of Pro à Pro, a French food supplier for commercial customers. The transaction has yet to be closed. The sale of the wholesale activities in Vietnam, which had been initiated in financial year 2013/14, was successfully concluded in January 2016.

Media Markt (logo)
Saturn (logo)
Redcoon (logo)

Media-Saturn is the European leader in consumer electronics retailing and related services. The group of companies regards itself as a responsible and sustainable partner, daily companion and navigator for consumers in an increasingly digitised world. With its portfolio of formats and brands, Media-Saturn flexibly addresses the requirements of different customer groups and countries: the company includes the Media Markt and Saturn brands, which are dovetailing their more than 1,000 physical stores with online sales platforms. In addition, the group of companies operates pure online retail platforms such as Redcoon and iBOOD as well as the digital entertainment platform Juke.

Real (logo)

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. In March 2016, Real acquired the shopping portal Hitmeister, thereby pushing the growth of its online business.

Store network by countries and segments

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METRO Cash & Carry1

Media-Saturn

Real

METRO GROUP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015

2016

2015

2016

2015

2016

2015

2016

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

Including four stores in the Others segment

Germany

107

106

417

424

293

285

817

815

Austria

12

12

48

49

 

 

60

61

Belgium

15

16

23

23

 

 

38

39

France

93

94

 

 

 

 

93

94

Italy

48

49

110

111

 

 

158

160

Luxembourg

 

 

2

2

 

 

2

2

Netherlands

17

17

49

49

 

 

66

66

Portugal

10

10

9

9

 

 

19

19

Spain

37

37

77

79

 

 

114

116

Sweden

 

 

27

27

 

 

27

27

Switzerland

 

 

27

28

 

 

27

28

Western Europe (excl. Germany)

232

235

372

377

 

 

604

612

Bulgaria

11

11

 

 

 

 

11

11

Croatia

8

9

 

 

 

 

8

9

Czech Republic

13

13

 

 

 

 

13

13

Greece

 

 

10

11

 

 

10

11

Hungary

13

13

21

22

 

 

34

35

Kazakhstan

7

6

 

 

 

 

7

6

Moldova

3

3

 

 

 

 

3

3

Poland

41

30

79

83

 

 

120

113

Romania

31

30

 

 

 

 

352

342

Russia

84

89

67

61

 

 

151

150

Serbia

10

10

 

 

 

 

10

10

Slovakia

6

6

 

 

 

 

6

6

Turkey

29

32

41

45

 

 

70

77

Ukraine

32

32

 

 

 

 

32

32

Eastern Europe

288

284

218

222

 

 

5102

5102

China

82

86

 

 

 

 

82

86

India

18

23

 

 

 

 

18

23

Japan

9

9

 

 

 

 

9

9

Pakistan

9

9

 

 

 

 

9

9

Vietnam

19

0

 

 

 

 

19

0

Asia

137

127

 

 

 

 

137

127

International

657

646

590

599

 

 

1,2512

1,2492

METRO GROUP

764

752

1,007

1,023

293

285

2,0682

2,0642