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Haniel ponders cutting stake in Metro.

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German conglomerate Franz Haniel & Cie GmbH is mulling over lowering its stake in German retailer Metro AG (ETR:MEO) in order to reduce its liabilities, magazine Wirtschaftswoche wrote in its latest edition, quoting people in the know.

Haniel, in a shareholder agreement with Schmidt-Ruthenbeck, controls 50.01% in Metro. According to a manager at Metro, the shareholders will need 40% in order to continue having a say in the retail group.

Haniel examines its portfolio regularly and without having any taboos, Haniel's CEO Juergen Kluge told the magazine.Country: , GermanySector: Wholesale/RetailTarget: Metro AGVendor: Franz Haniel & Cie GmbHType: DivestmentStatus: Auction, Speculation

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