Metro tops German retail ranking

Metro Group, owner of Extra and Real supermarket chains and Kaufhof department stores, has maintained its top position in Germany's retail ranking.

However, the continuing downturn in German non-food retail meant that many chains suffered last year, according to trade weekly Lebensmittelzeitung's list of Germany's top 10 chains by 2003 turnover.

The data, compiled in association with TradeDimensions/M+M Eurodata, showed the biggest gains were made by discount food retailers - Schwarz, owner of Lidl, was the year's biggest winner.

Turnover at Metro was up a modest 0.7 per cent on the year to EUR32.23 billion (£21.43 billion). Rewe kept its number two spot, although it too had a slow year, with turnover up just 0.3 per cent to EUR30.37 billion (£20.19 billion). The Edeka/AVA co-operative was third, up 2.6 per cent, while Aldi and Schwarz came fourth and fifth.