Currency Translation

In the individual annual accounts prepared in local currency, foreign currency transactions are recorded at the exchange rates applicable at the time of the transactions. Monetary items in foreign currency (cash and cash equivalents, receivables and payables) are valued at the mid exchange rate on the balance sheet date. The exchange rate profits or losses arising from the valuation or transaction of monetary items are shown in the Group income statement. Non-monetary items are recorded using historical exchange rates.

Annual accounts prepared in foreign currencies have been converted into euro using the functional currency method, in accordance with IAS 21. The functional currency is the currency in which a foreign entity primary operates or settles payments. As Wincor Nixdorf Group companies undertake business dealings financially, economically and organizationally independently, the functional currency is, in general, identical with the local currency. However, in the case of Wincor Nixdorf C.A., Venezuela, Wincor Nixdorf Pte. Ltd., Singapore, Wincor Nixdorf S.A. de C.V., Mexico City, Mexico, and Wincor Nixdorf IT Support S.A. de C.V., Mexico City, Mexico, the U.S. dollar, and in the case of Wincor Nixdorf Bilgisayar Sistemleri A.S., Istanbul, Turkey, the euro, is used as the functional currency, since these currencies influence the purchase and sales prices for goods and services of the foreign entities.

Balance sheet items, including goodwill, are converted at the mid exchange rate applicable on the balance sheet date, and income and expenses in the Group income statement are converted using average exchange rates (annual averages). The variance arising from conversion is offset against shareholders’ equity without affecting profit. Currency differences that result from comparison to last year’s currency conversion are also charged against equity without affecting profit.

The foreign exchange rates of the significant currencies for the Wincor Nixdorf Group have developed as follows:









Average rate

Closing rate

1 € =

ISO Code



Sept. 30, 2010

Sept. 30, 2009

Pounds sterling






U.S. dollar






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