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With the DB2020+ strategy, we have already set ourselves the goal of harmonizing the economic, social and environmental factors with our business goals. Since then, sustainability, in all its dimensions, has been anchored in our value framework and is an integral part of our DNA. In response to rapidly changing environmental, social and political conditions, but also to internal challenges, we have further developed our strategic focus and a new method of design – our inner ambition – which is the heart of our new Strong Rail strategy.

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German passenger transport market

Passenger transport market in Germany
(% based on volume sold)

Growth rate

Market share

2019

2018

2019

2018

Motorized individual transport

+0.9

–0.1

83.8

83.8

Rail passenger transport

+1.9

+2.8

8.9

8.8

     DB Group

+1.2

+2.7

7.6

7.6

     Non-Group railways

+5.7

+3.4

1.3

1.2

Public road passenger transport

+0.0

+0.9

6.4

6.5

      DB Group

–6.9

–3.9

0.6

0.6

Air transport (domestic)

–1.5

–0.7

0.9

0.9

Overall market

+0.9

+0.2

Figures for 2018 and 2019 are based on information and estimates available as of February 2020. For motorized individual transport, there was a retroactive reduction in volume sold from 2017 onwards due to methodological adjustments by the German Institute for Economic Research (Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung).

In 2019, the German passenger transport market grew slightly more strongly than in the previous year.

German freight transport market

Freight transport market in Germany
(% based on volume sold)

Growth rate

Market share

2019

2018

2019

2018

Rail freight transport

–2.8

–0.3

18.6

19.2

     DB Group

–5.4

–5.0

8.5

9.0

     Non-Group railways

–0.5

+4.3

10.0

10.1

Road freight transport

+0.5

+3.3

71.9

71.8

Inland waterway transport

+7.5

–15.5

7.1

6.6

Long-distance pipelines

+1.0

–5.5

2.4

2.4

Overall market

+0.3

+0.9

Figures for 2018 and 2019 are based on information and estimates available as of February 2020.

In 2019, the performance development of the German freight transport market fell short of expectations.

European rail freight transport market

The volume sold in European rail freight transport (EU 28, Switzerland and Norway) decreased in 2019. This was particularly due to the continued decline in the coal sector and the weak development in other key industries, such as steel, chemicals and automotive.

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