Operating result Other, consolidation

The operating result stated under “Other, consolidation” deteriorated by € 214 million to –€ 145 million, despite an improvement in earnings achieved by our electricity transmission system operator Amprion. Due to the weak economy, we expect that we will have to make much higher contributions to the German pension assurance association “Pensions-Sicherungs-Verein,” for which we have built a provision. Pensions-Sicherungs-Verein is an independent association of German companies, which secures company pension plans in the event of insolvency. Furthermore, consulting costs were higher in the period under review.