The outlook prepared by METRO considers relevant facts and events that were known at the time of preparing the consolidated financial statements and that may impact the future development of our business. The outlook on economic parameters is based on an analysis of primary data used to derive forecasts. Oxford Economics is the main data source used to forecast business conditions. It is important to understand that the statements below are made in the context of the current pandemic. Due to the volatile global development of the infection and of government countermeasures associated with combating it, all forecasts are subject to a high degree of uncertainty. Therefore, they could not only change quickly, but also significantly. The statements made for this report relate to the closing date of 2 November 2021. They may have become obsolete due to recent developments since then.