The World: Warsaw - Metro International closes doors on Polish division

The free newspaper group Metro International is closing down its Polish operation following some disappointing growth figures.

Metro Poland, which launched in Warsaw seven years ago and employed 70 permanent staff, posted a loss of EUR2.8 million last year. Closure costs are estimated at EUR1.9 million.

Pelle Tornberg, the chief executive and president of Metro International, said: "Despite local management's success in establishing Metro Poland as a trusted and innovative newspaper, Metro Poland has failed to meet the required profitability and growth criteria set for each of our operations.

"We've taken the decision to exit the Polish market to focus on higher-growth and larger-scale strategic markets."

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