Wholesaler Metro said its operations in Russia and Ukraine were still operational, with its Russian branch paying salaries and suppliers through international banks not affected by the sanctions.
Metro said the majority of products on its shelves were ordered from Russia and there are currently no shortages.
The company feels responsible for its more than 10,000 employees in Russia, a spokesperson said, adding: “These people have no personal responsibility for the aggression against Ukraine.”
Operations in Ukraine
Metro also said 21 of its 26 stores in Ukraine were open and it was very concerned about its 3,400 employees there, as well as their families, customers, suppliers and business partners.
It added that none of its employees were injured in the dispute and that it had evacuated employees and their families from its store in Mariupol on the border with Russia, which was closed for security reasons.
Metro, which has 93 stores in Russia, saw sales in the country rise 18% in the first quarter of its 2021/22 financial year to 798 million euros.
The cash-and-carry company posted a 20% increase in sales in the first quarter of its financial year, to 7.6 billion euros, as the company continues its rebound following the easing of restrictions linked to COVID-19.
Several European retailers including Ahold Delhaize, SPAR International, Coop Denmark, Caprabo, dm-drogerie markt, Salling Group and others have announced their support for humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine, amid an escalation of conflict in the country .
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