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Capital One buys HSBC cards business


Capital One buys HSBC cards business


HSBC is selling its credit card division in the US to Capital One in a 23 billion euro deal as Europe’s top bank streamlines its vast international operations.

One analyst called the price “somewhat disappointing” and demonstrates it is a buyer’s market.

Capital One specialises in credit cards.

The deal further unravels HSBC’s disastrous purchase of US consumer lending firm Household in 2003.

HSBC’s executives now admit was a bad deal as they have taken massive losses on the sub-prime home loans they took on.

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