Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Wholesale Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Wholesale Of Food, Beverages And Tobacco
46.3 - Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco

500 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
3,000 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
18 October 2016
Employment effect (start)
18 October 2016
Foreseen end date
31 October 2021


On 18 October 2016, the retail chain Real SB Warenhaus, a subsidiary of the retail and wholesale giant Metro, announced an internal restructuring programme, which includes up to 500 job cuts as well as up to 3,000 new jobs.

The job cut will take place at Real's headquarter and in its administration. It will be implemented within the next 18 months. Real plans to save costs and to decentralise its administration. In return, the company will strengthen its sales management and the accountability of their branches. Therefore, Real plans to hire up to 3,000 new employees in sales within the next five years.

The management will negotiate with the works' council about socially acceptable solutions, but did not exclude direct dismissals. Real currently employs 36,063 at 293 sites in Germany.


  • 18 October 2016: real SB-Warenhaus press release
  • 18 October 2016: finanznachrichten.de
  • 19 October 2016: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
  • 19 October 2016: Stuttgarter Zeitung


Eurofound (2016), Real SB-Warenhaus, Internal restructuring in Germany, factsheet number 89034, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/89034.