With a volume of CHF 1'516 million (2017: CHF 1'476 million), investments remained at a high level. Migros was once again an important economic partner and customer in 2018.
Consolidated retail sales in Switzerland and abroad increased to CHF 23.7 billion (previous year: CHF 23.3 billion), corresponding to growth of 1.9%.
The consolidated sales of Cooperative Retailing rose by 2.5% to CHF 16.9 billion. The Migros supermarkets and hypermarkets generated sales of CHF 11.8 billion (+1.5%) in Switzerland. Despite a challenging market environment, domestic sales in the ten Migros Cooperatives were up by 2.1% on the previous year. This was driven by an increase in footfall to 350 million till receipts (+1.5%).
Regional and sustainable products continued on a growth course, with more than CHF 994 million (+3.5%) of products bearing the label "Aus der Region. Für die Region." (From the region. For the region.) sold. Sales of products with ecological or social added value amounted to CHF 3.1 billion (+5.9%). More than half of Migros' sales of products with sustainability labels were generated by products from "TerraSuisse" and the organic range. At CHF 4.2 billion in total, sales of products carrying sustainability and regional labels and the health label "aha!" (CHF 93 million) were up by 5.3% on the previous year.
To pursue the mission incorporated in Migros' statues – i.e. to support a healthy lifestyle among the Swiss population – Migros again stepped up its activities in the area of health in 2018. The comprehensive medical and therapeutic range of Medbase/santémed saw total sales increase by 7.9% to CHF 150 million. This also includes the outpatient operating centre in Burgdorf, which was integrated in the reporting year and with which Medbase expanded its portfolio with a new strategic business segment.
With the expansion of its fitness formats, Migros further consolidated its leading position in the fitness market. With the opening of nine new fitness and wellness locations, it had 130 fitness facilities in Switzerland in 2018.