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Note 16 Cash and cash equivalents


 

 

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In € millions

 

 

 

2008

2007

 

 

 

Short-term investments

401

11,272

Cash on hand and in banks

1,194

356

Included under cash and cash equivalents in the balance sheet

1,595

11,628

 

 

 

Debt to credit institutions

(146)

(561)

 

 

 

Total per cash flow statement

1,449

11,067

Short-term investments almost entirely consist of cash loans, time deposits, marketable private borrowings and marketable securities immediately convertible into cash. For more information on credit risk management, see note 25.

At December 31, 2008, an amount of €616 million in cash and cash equivalents was restricted, mainly due to restrictions in certain countries to transfer cash.

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