Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Rostock, Berlin, Halle
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
47 - Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles

4,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
20 January 2009
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2009
Foreseen end date
31 December 2012


German retail and wholesale giant Metro Group announced on 20 January 2009 that it will cut 15,000 jobs (5% of its global workforce) over the next three years; 4,000 job losses will occur in Germany. In June 2010, the company announced that Berlin, Rostock and Halle would be the targeted locations affected by its restructuring program.

The group hopes to save EUR 1.5 billion by reducing costs and increasing productivity. about 4,000 jobs will be cut in Germany at REAL, Media Markt, Saturn, Galeria Kaufhof and the wholesaler Cash & Carry.

Metro said the job cuts were part of a restructuring that would move functions of its purchasing and logistics units to its four central divisions (Cash&Carry, Media Markt/Saturn, Real and Galeria Kaufhof) in order to allow them more operational independence. Retailer REAL shall close 27 of its sites till 2010. The retail subsidiary Adler will be sold and IBM will take over the IT-service division of Media Markt/Saturn.

Financial Times quotes chair Cordes saying that Metro is affected by the declining purchasing power of private consumers; but the newspaper notes that Metro Group is doing better than most competitors. Metro shares jumped by 7% when the job cuts were announced.


  • 22 June 2009: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
  • 21 January 2009: Financial Times Deutschland
  • 18 June 2009: RP Online


Eurofound (2009), REAL, MediaMarkt, Saturn, Gaeria Kaufhof, Cash&Carry, Internal restructuring in Germany, factsheet number 67860, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/67860.