|Traded as||FWB: MEO|
|Founded||1964; Metro AG formed in 1996|
|Europe, Asia, Africa|
|Products||Cash & Carry/warehouse club, department store, electronics specialty, hypermarket/supercenter/superstore, other specialty|
|Revenue||€59.219 billion (2014/15)|
|€1.511 billion (2014/15)|
|Profit||€672 million (2014/15)|
|Total assets||€27.656 billion (2014/15)|
|Total equity||€5.172 billion (2014/15)|
Number of employees
Metro AG, otherwise known as Metro Group, is a German global diversified retail and wholesale/cash and carry group based in Düsseldorf. As of 2010[update], it was the fourth-largest retailer in the world measured by revenues (after Wal-Mart, Carrefour and Tesco). It was established in 1964 by founders Ernst Schmidt and Wilhelm Schmidt-Ruthenbeck (1906-1988). Otto Beisheim became CEO and Chairman of Metro.
In June 2009 it was reported that the company was looking to purchase some of the assets of Arcandor, after the firm filed for bankruptcy. They split off and floated their Praktiker division in December 2006, a DIY/home improvement chain with stores in several countries.
The company operates the following sales divisions:
- Metro and Makro Cash and Carry (Makro stores in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe were acquired from SHV Holdings in 1998): This division accounts for nearly half of group sales as of 2004, and is by far the most internationalised division, with stores in almost every country in which the group operates.
- Real: A hypermarket operator. 265 stores in Germany and 34 elsewhere as of early 2005.
- Media Markt and Saturn: Media Markt and Saturn are consumer electronics stores in Germany and several other European countries.
Divison of the company
On March 30, 2016 Metro Group announced that it will be splitting into two independent companies: 
A spin-off of the wholesale and food sector of current Metro AG will be responsible for the group’s division into two independent and publicly listed companies. Both will have their own Management, Supervisory Board and independent company profiles. As a result, the companies will be able to put a greater focus on their customer groups and markets in the future. Each of the two companies will launch as independent publicly traded company with their own management, board, and independent profile. This separation will allow the two companies to focus on their own customer groups and markets.
As of 2012, the Metro Group operated stores in 25 European countries, 5 Asian countries, and 1 in Africa.
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Metro-Straße 1, 40235 Düsseldorf[self-published source]
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