Sales for the third quarter stood at €15.5bn, as against the €15.9bn in the same period last year.

Europe’s fourth-biggest listed retailer, which runs supermarkets, department stores and Europe’s biggest consumer electronics chain, has witnessed improved like-for-like sales trends across all sales lines, especially in Germany.

At Media-Saturn, sales receded slightly by 0.1% while sales in the short financial year 2013 climbed by 0.6%.

For nine months, sales of Metro Cash & Carry fell by 2% to €22.6bn.

During the period from January to September 2013, METRO Cash & Carry generated a like-for-like sales growth in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Asia/Africa.

Metro Management Board chairman Olaf Koch said, "Especially the clearly positive like-for-like sales growth of 1.0% in Q3 2013 in Germany shows that we are on the right track with regard to the customer-centric realignment of METRO GROUP. We are well-prepared and confident for the upcoming Christmas trading period."

Metro’s Real reported sales of €2.3bn following €2.6bn in the year-earlier period for third quarter while from January to September 2013, the chain generated sales of €7.3bn.

At Galeria Kaufhof, sales receded slightly by 0.5% during the short financial year 2013. In contrast, like-for-like sales for Galeria Kaufhof grew by 0.9%.

During third quarter, Metro successfully completed divestment of Real Romania as well as METRO Cash & Carry properties in France. It opened six METRO Cash & Carry stores, of which four were opened in China in late September.

Presently it operates around 2,200 stores in 32 countries.