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CEO Olaf Koch is reining in Europe’s fourth-biggest retailer by cutting costs and jettisoning some of its non-core operations, including its Real hypermarket chain outside of Germany and assets in Greece, Denmark, Egypt, and Vietnam. In June, management sold off the company’s department store business in Germany and Belgium to Hudson Bay Company, which will help METRO further reduce its debt. The conflict in Russia and Ukraine, where the retailer has a big presence, has hurt business and forced a delay in the IPO of its Cash & Carry business there.

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Company Information

Olaf G. Koch
Food and Drug Stores
Food & Drug Stores
HQ Location
Düsseldorf, Germany
Years on List20
Figures prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standards. Changed fiscal year-end from Dec. 31 to Sept. 30. Comparison is with figures for the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2013. Figures are for fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2014.

Key Financials (last fiscal year)

($ Millions)% change

Profits as a % of

Profit as % of Revenues0.2%
Profits as % of Assets0.5%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity2.7%