METROCash & Carry1

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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.


€28,999 M


€1,043 M

EBIT margin

+3.6 %

Sales of METRO Cash & Carry 2015/16

by segment

Sales of METRO Cash & Carry 2015/16 (pie chart)

Like-for-like sales of METRO Cash & Carry increased by 0.6 per cent in financial year 2015/16, with consistent quarterly sales growth meaning that the sales line has now recorded sales increases in each quarter for more than three consecutive years. Sales rose by 0.4 per cent in local currency. However, exchange rate developments – particularly relating to the Russian rouble – and portfolio effects caused reported sales to decline by 2.3 per cent to €29.0 billion.

Sales in the delivery business continued their strong momentum, rising by 20.4 per cent in local currency. Reported sales increased by 17.9 per cent to €3.7 billion (2014/15: €3.1 billion). The acquisition of Classic Fine Foods also contributed to this positive development. The share of the delivery business in total sales climbed to 12.8 per cent (2014/15: 10.6 per cent).

Like-for-like sales in the Horeca segment rose by 0.9 per cent in financial year 2015/16. In Germany, like-for-like sales were slightly higher than a year earlier, while like-for-like sales in France – due also to the effects of the terror attacks and strikes – fell slightly short of the previous year’s figure. Conversely, Turkey, Spain and Italy, in particular, contributed to the growth in like-for-like sales. Sales in local currency in the Horeca segment increased by 3.3 per cent. Reported sales rose by 2.6 per cent.

A passion for business owners

Whether at a trendy café, the corner kiosk or a local bed and breakfast, independent small business owners provide indispensable services to millions of customers every day. With their devotion to their trades, they enrich the economic and social life of cities, urban districts and villages. METRO Cash & Carry has instituted a special day to honour their initiative: in celebration of the first international Own Business Day on 11 October 2016, the 25 METRO Cash & Carry countries invited independent business owners to present unique offerings to customers and guests. METRO Cash & Carry itself showed great dedication by implementing a platform for the campaign in the run-up to the event, through which it helped participants promote their actions and specials. For example, the wholesaler called on all of its employees to shoot “ownies” – selfies with the participating business owners – and share these with friends on social media. In Bulgaria, France, India, Italy, Croatia, Austria, Romania and Spain, METRO Cash & Carry added memorable highlights, transforming central plazas of major metropolises for the day with floating kiosks and pop-up restaurants, all under the Own Business Day banner. The multifaceted operation paid off as around 20,000 business owners worldwide delighted their guests with creative offerings – from two-for-one restaurant vouchers to free haircuts and even pub concerts.

Like-for-like sales in the multispecialists segment declined slightly by 0.2 per cent in financial year 2015/16. Here, Belgium and the Netherlands, in particular, recorded distinctly lower sales. Although like-for-like sales in Russia continued their decline, the trend reversed over the course of the year. In contrast, sales in India registered strong growth. Measured in local currency, sales in the multispecialists segment rose by 1.2 per cent. Reported sales, in turn, declined by just 3.4 per cent due to currency effects.

Like-for-like sales in the traders segment rose by 2.6 per cent in financial year 2015/16. With the exception of Poland, like-for-like sales climbed in all countries. Measured in local currency, sales in the traders segment rose by 1.5 per cent. Reported sales, in turn, declined by 3.6 per cent due to currency effects.

In financial year 2015/16, the share of international business in the total sales of METRO Cash & Carry fell slightly from 84.0 per cent to 83.6 per cent as a result of currency effects.

EBIT at METRO Cash & Carry totalled €1,259 million in financial year 2015/16 (2014/15: €975 million). This figure includes positive special items from the sale of the activities in Vietnam (€446 million) and expenses for restructuring and efficiency-enhancing measures. The net balance of these special items is positive at €216 million (2014/15: expenses of €75 million).

EBIT before special items amounted to €1,043 million (2014/15: €1,050 million), almost matching the previous year’s figure despite negative currency effects of €65 million. Adjusted for these effects, EBIT before special items improved by €58 million.

On 30 September 2016, METRO Cash & Carry operated 752 stores located in 25 countries. Of these stores, 106 were in Germany, 235 in Western Europe (excluding Germany), 284 in Eastern Europe and 127 in Asia. Additional countries were covered by the activities of Classic Fine Foods and Rungis Express. Overall, METRO Cash & Carry has operations in 36 countries.

For more information, see the Annual Report 2015/16.

Key figures METRO Cash & Carry 2015/16

in year-on-year comparison

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2014/15 € million

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in group currency (€)

Currency effects in percentage points1

in local currency

like-for-like sales in local currency


The currency effect is calculated by comparing reported sales of the current financial year in euros with sales of the previous period, converted at the average exchange rate of the current financial year


Before special items


Before special items; the EBIT margin shows the EBIT/sales ratio



































EBIT margin (%)3



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Selling space (1,000 m2)



1 As of the first quarter of 2015/16, the sales and results of METRO Cash & Carry are reported on the basis of a new structure. The previous reporting regions of Germany, Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Asia/Africa have been replaced by the new segments Horeca, multispecialists and traders. The Horeca segment comprises France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and Classic Fine Foods. The multispecialists segment encompasses Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, India, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary. The traders segment consists of Moldova, Poland, Romania and Ukraine.