Liquidity (cash flow statement)

METRO’s liquidity is derivated on the basis of the cash flow statement. The cash flow statement serves to calculate and display the cash flows that METRO generated or employed during the financial year from operating, investing and financing activities. In addition, it shows the changes in cash and cash equivalents between the beginning and end of the financial year.

Cash inflow from operating activities in financial year 2016/17 amounted to €1,027 million (2015/16: €+1,173 million). Investing activities led to cash outflow of €601 million (2015/16: €+512 million). Compared with the ’s period, this represents a decrease in cash flow before financing activities of €1,259 million to €426 million. Cash outflow from financing activities totalled €438 million (2015/16: €−3,513 million).

  • For more information, see the cash flow statement in the consolidated financial statements as well as the notes to the consolidated financial statements in no. 41 – notes to the cash flow statement.
Cash flow statement1

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Abridged version. The complete version is shown in the consolidated financial statements.

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Cash flow before financing activities





Cash flow from financing activities





Total cash flows





Currency effects on cash and cash equivalents





Total change in cash and cash equivalents





Previous year
Period of 12 months, usually cited as reference for statements in the annual report.