Leave to appeal not granted in the advertising tax case

Metro International S.A. (“Metro” or “the Group”), the international newspaper group, today announced that the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court (Swedish: “Högsta förvaltningsdomstolen”) will not grant the Group leave to appeal in the advertising tax case. As a result, Metro will be required to pay approximately €10 million within four weeks from notice.

The case concerns additional advertising tax levied on the Group’s publishing entity in Sweden, Tidnings AB Metro, following a decision by the Swedish Tax Authorities in 2007. The additional advertising tax amounts to approximately €10 million including interest. The additional tax was fully provided in the Group’s accounts for 2007.

For further information, please visit www.metro.lu or contact:

Anders Kronborg, CFO   Tel: +44 79 1254 0800


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