Düsseldorf, 14 December 2016 - METRO GROUP successfully continued its transformation in financial year 2015/16 and met its sales and earnings targets. EBIT before special items amounted to €1,560 million in the reporting period, exceeding the comparable currency-adjusted figure for the previous year by €119 million. Currency effects had a negative impact of €70 million. "Our company's performance in financial year 2015/16 confirms that we are on the right track with our strategic focus on value creation for our customers and our continued transformation process: we achieved another increase in sales and earnings in a challenging market environment and met our forecast for the financial year, creating a solid foundation for the successful demerger of METRO GROUP," says Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Management Board of METRO AG. "Both METRO Cash & Carry and Media-Saturn registered a sustainable increase in like-for-like sales, which was also reflected in earnings. At Real, we made further progress in strengthening the competitiveness and shaping the future business concept." A dividend of €1.00 per ordinary share will be proposed to the Annual General Meeting to offer METRO AG shareholders an appropriate share in the company's positive business development.
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