HSBC to Close Half of India Branches
HSBC Holdings plans to close down half of its branches in India and rely more on digital banking to expand the consumer business. Chief Executive Officer Stuart Gulliver is shutting money-losing businesses to improve earnings hurt by compliance costs. Since 2011, the bank has slashed more than 87,000 positions, exited at least 80 businesses and reduced its footprint to about 71 countries and territories from 88.
“Since 2011, the bank has slashed more than 87,000 positions, exited at least 80 businesses and reduced its footprint to about 71 countries and territories from 88.”
HSBC however said it remains committed to India, where it is also shutting its global private-banking operations. The country was the fourth-biggest contributor to group earnings before tax in 2015
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