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Metro Group

January 23, 2013

The latest results show 2012 was a good year for many European family businesses; secretive Ikea published strong results, and luxury groups Richemont, Swatch and Remy Cointreau also reported encouraging figures. But German-based Metro Group and Douglas Holding had to fight for growth in the household goods market.

The latest results show 2012 was a good year for many European family businesses; secretive Ikea published strong results, and luxury groups Richemont, Swatch and Remy Cointreau also reported encouraging figures. But German-based Metro Group and Douglas Holding had to fight for growth in the household goods market.

Ikea
Swedish giant Ikea Group published its 2012 financial results on 23 January – only the fourth time it has published results in its 70-year history.

May 3, 2012

A number of family businesses from around the world have gone against the trend of slowed growth, by posting rises in revenues.

A number of family businesses from around the world have gone against the trend of slowed growth, by posting rises in revenues.

Among these is German carmaker BMW, controlled by the Quandt family. On 3 May, the group said it had its “best first-quarter figures ever” in its 100-plus-year history. Revenues rose by 14% to €18.3 billion, up from around €16 billion for the same period last year.

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