2 Cost of sales
Cost of sales includes interest expenses of €2,303 million (previous year: €2,705 million) attributable to the financial services business.
This item also includes impairment losses on intangible assets (primarily development costs), property, plant and equipment (primarily other equipment, operating and office equipment), and lease assets in the amount of €1,180 million (previous year: €830 million). The impairment losses totaling €356 million (previous year: €295 million) recognized during the reporting period on intangible assets and items of property, plant and equipment result primarily from lower values in use of various products in the Passenger Cars segment, due to market and exchange rate risks, and in particular from expected declines in volumes. The impairment losses on lease assets in the amount of €824 million (previous year: €535 million) are predominantly attributable to the Financial Services segment. They are based on constantly updated internal and external information that is factored into the forecast residual values of the vehicles. €60 million (previous year: €25 million) of this figure is reported in current lease assets.
Government grants related to income amounted to €1,001 million in the fiscal year (previous year: €657 million) and were generally allocated to the functional areas.