6. Earnings share of operating / non-operating companies recognised at equity

The earnings of operating companies recognised at equity that have an operational relation to ordinary business activities are shown in the income statement in the item earnings share of operating companies recognised at equity. This amounts to €14 million (2016/17: €14 million). Of these, €8 million (2016/17: €9 million) are attributable to the Others segment and €5 million (2016/17: €4 million) to the Western Europe (excluding Germany) segment. As in the past, the earnings share of non-operating companies recognised at equity is shown in the net financial result and amounts to €0 million (2016/17: €0 million). The earnings shares of operating and non-operating companies consolidated at equity amounted to €14 million (2016/17: €14 million).

EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)
Profit or loss before financial result and (income) taxes. Due to its independence from different forms of financing and tax systems, the key figure can also be used internationally for comparison with other companies.
Wholesale, METRO Wholesale
The METRO Wholesale segment comprises the METRO Wholesale sales line of METRO AG with more than 769 wholesale stores across 35 countries worldwide. This also includes the delivery business (Food Service Distribution) with companies like METRO delivery service and the delivery specialists Classic Fine Foods, Pro à Pro and Rungis Express.