Business development

Procurement volume

The procurement volume corresponds to the contractual obligations to suppliers that DB Group has entered into. On subsequent realization these become capital expenditures or expenses (mainly cost of materials and other operating expenses). The total procurement volume amounted to € 34.9 billion in the year under review (previous year:
€ 34.7 billion).

  • Freight and freight forwarding services fell slightly to € 10.6 billion (previous year: € 10.8 billion).
  • Industrial products decreased to € 8.1 billion (previous year: € 9.2 billion). This is due in particular to the fact that an extensive ICE 4 order was placed in the previous year.
  • In the case of construction and engineering services, the procurement volume increased significantly to € 7.5 billion (previous year: € 6.4 billion). This is due to the large capital expenditure programs in the infrastructure and, in part, the rising market prices of the construction industry.
  • Third-party services increased to € 5.9 billion (previous year: € 5.4 billion). As a result of the digitalization initiatives, the need for IT services grew, among other things.
  • Cable- and pipe-bound power and fuel declined to € 2.8 billion (previous year: € 3.1 billion).

The share of local procurement volume in Germany was € 15.9 billion in the year under review.

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Procurement volume 1)




     Share of local procurement volume (%)




The procurement volume is the total of all the net order values — from individual orders and from framework contracts — that have been completed.
1) Not including DB Schenker, DB Arriva and foreign companies of DB Cargo.

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