19 Inventories

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€ million

 

Dec. 31, 2008

 

Dec. 31, 2007

Raw materials, consumables and supplies

 

2,009

 

2,225

Work in progress

 

1,656

 

1,365

Finished goods and purchased merchandise

 

12,396

 

8,880

Current leased assets

 

1,703

 

1,545

Payments on account

 

52

 

16

 

 

17,816

 

14,031

Of the total inventories, €2,484 million (previous year: €1,770 million) is recognized at net realizable value. At the same time as the relevant revenue was recognized, inventories in the amount of €90,617 million were included in cost of sales (previous year, adjusted: €86,871 million). Valuation allowances recognized as expenses in the reporting period amounted to €435 million (previous year: €221 million). Vehicles amounting to €94 million (previous year: €98 million) were assigned as collateral for partial retirement obligations.

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