Internal restructuring
European Union
Location of affected unit(s)
Germany, Portugal, Spain
Wholesale Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Non-Specialised Wholesale Trade
46.9 - Non-specialised wholesale trade

385 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
150 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
20 April 2012
Employment effect (start)
1 May 2012
Foreseen end date
31 December 2013


German wholesale and retail company Metro has announced a cost savings plan that will affect the logistics division in Germany and the wholesale unit in Portugal. According to German newspapers this will result in the loss of a total of 385 job losses.

In Germany, the restructuring will involve the closure of a warehouse in Sarstedt (Lower Saxony) currently employing 235 persons. At the same time 150 new posts will be created in other sites elsewhere in Germany.

The wholesale operations in Spain and Portugal will be streamlined. On 1 May 2012, the Spanish and Portuguese wholesale headquarters will be merged and relocated to Madrid. German media sources do not desclose the number of job losses at the headquarters. Another 120 jobs will go in Portugal with the closure of a wholesale supermarket in Aveiro. 


  • 20 April 2012: Bonner General-Anzeiger


Eurofound (2012), Metro, Internal restructuring in European Union, factsheet number 73464, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/73464.