German retailer Metro Group has reported its most successful quarter in six years, thanks to the World Cup.

In second-quarter results, the group said that pre-tax profit increased 14.6% to E629m, on group sales up 7.9% to E14bn. Sales in Germany rose 2%.

Dr Hans-Joachim Korber, CEO of Metro Group, said: “Metro Group is favourably positioned. Taking into account the business development so far we are convinced that we will succeed in continuing on our successful growth route.”