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Sale Of German Real Hypermarkets Is Making Progress: Metro

Published on Feb 12 2019 12:30 PM in Retail tagged: Trending Posts / Olaf Koch / Metro AG / Real Hypermarket

Sale Of German Real Hypermarkets Is Making Progress: Metro

German wholesaler Metro said it expected non-binding offers to be made soon for its loss-making Real hypermarkets chain, with a binding offer to come six to eight weeks later.

Metro chief executive Olaf Koch reiterated that Metro wants to sell Real as a whole, but said the process was difficult due to competition regulations.

The update follows the publication of Metro's first quarter results earlier today.

A Positive Price

Koch told journalists he expected a positive price for Real due to its real estate portfolio and e-commerce business, adding there was more than a handful of interested parties.

Industry bankers had predicted that Metro might have to effectively pay a buyer to take the chain off its hands.

Rival German chains could be interested in parcels of stores, but private equity firms are seen as the most likely bidders.

News by Reuters, edited by ESM. Click subscribe to sign up to ESM: European Supermarket Magazine.

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