In Europe, we have access to efficient national express networks. The business-to-business (B2B) segment accounts for a large proportion of our activities. We are able to offer specific nationwide shipping solutions to companies in a variety of sectors. We carry parcels and documents predominantly using our own vehicles. We also provide LCL, part-load and full-load transportation by road or rail or using combined transport.
In Germany, our traditional strength is in the business-to-consumer (B2C) segment. This means that we transport goods that consumers have ordered from companies, for example from traditional mail order services. Sales made via Internet platforms are also gaining in popularity, and since 2004 we have been involved in a strategic partnership with the Internet marketplace eBay.
Figures for the six core countries of Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, the Netherlands and Spain reveal that the European CEP market grew by 5−6% in recent years, and foreign business alone by 7−8%. The key growth driver was trade with Asia and the new EU member states. We were able to maintain our leading market position, as can be seen from the diagram opposite.