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 in 2020 was € 34.7 billion (previous year: € 34.9 billion).

  • Freight and freight-forwarding services remained unchanged at € 10.6 billion.
  • Industrial products increased to € 9.5 billion (previous year: € 8.1 billion). The increase is due in particular to the commissioning of the ICE 3neo and the procurement of trains for the Berlin S-Bahn (metro).
  • In the case of construction and engineering services, the procurement volume decreased to € 6.9 billion (previous year: € 7.5 billion), mainly as a result of declines at DB Netze Stations.
  • Third-party services decreased slightly to € 5.5 billion (previous year: € 5.8 billion), partly as a result of the Covid-19-related decline in travel activity.
  • Cable- and pipe-bound power and fuel fell to € 2.1 bil­­lion, mainly as a result of Covid-19-related adjustments to volume produced (previous year: € 2.8 billion).

The share of local procurement volume in Germany was € 18.6 billion in 2020.

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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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