We are a Mexican company, and our origin dates back to 1890. Our company was incorporated on May 30, 1936 and has a duration of 99 years. The duration can be extended indefinitely by resolution of our shareholders. Our legal name is Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V., and in commercial and business contexts we frequently refer to ourselves as "FEMSA." Our principal headquarters are located at General Anaya No. 601 Pte., Colonia Bella Vista, Monterrey, Nuevo León 64410, Mexico. Our telephone number at this location is (+52-81) 8328-6000. We are organized as a sociedad anónima bursátil de capital variable under the laws of Mexico. Any
filings we make electronically are available to the public over the internet at the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov and at our website at www.femsa.com. (This URL is intended to be an inactive textual reference only. It is not intended to be an active hyperlink to our website. The information on our website, which might be accessible through a hyperlink resulting from this URL, is not and shall not be deemed to be incorporated into this annual report.) See "Item 10. Additional Information-Documents on Display."
We are a leading company that participates in the following businesses: