* Q4 EBIT 568 mln vs analyst consensus for 471 mln
* 2016/17 guidance for slight rise in sales, EBIT
* Outlook to be adjusted if demerger approved
BERLIN, Dec 14 German retailer Metro
forecast a slight rise in operating profit and sales for the
2016/17 fiscal year after it reported better-than-expected
fourth-quarter operating profit for the food and wholesale
business it hopes to spin off next year.
Metro, which had reported fourth-quarter sales in October,
said on Wednesday earnings before interest and taxation (EBIT)
before special items rose 31 percent to 568 million euros ($605
million), beating average analyst forecasts for 471 million.
Fourth-quarter EBIT at its cash and carry business rose 14
percent to 306 million, beating analyst consensus for 256
million. Metro plans to spin off the unit, along with its Real
hypermarkets, assuming it gets shareholder approval on Feb. 6.
For the 2016/17 fiscal year that started in October, it
expects a slight rise in overall sales and a slight improvement
in EBIT before special items above the 1.56 billion achieved in
2015/16 despite slightly lower income from real estate sales.
($1 = 0.9395 euros)
(Reporting by Emma Thomasson; Editing by Victoria Bryan)