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Leaner and keener: the resurgence of Spain's banking sector

July 2, 2018

Spain’s banks are looking much more stable, having cut non-performing assets in response to European Central Bank pressure. A reduction in overall bank numbers through mergers has streamlined the industry, though observers say increasing profitability remains challenging. Jules Stewart reports.

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Buoyant Spanish banks finally look forward with optimism

May 2, 2017

As the Spanish economy ticks up, the country’s banks are feeling cautiously optimistic and confident enough to consider expansion, both at home and abroad, while ramping up their digital strategies. Jules Stewart reports.

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Spanish banks focus on domestic market for slow but steady recovery

July 1, 2016

With the property market going up and unemployment coming down, Spain’s banks are hoping a renewed focus on their core customers and domestic market will spur a slow but steady recovery as the country emerges from recession. Jules Stewart reports.

Spanish lenders transition from stability back to growth

Spanish lenders transition from stability back to growth

July 1, 2015

The Spanish economy's recovery is benefiting the country's banks, which are reporting increased profits and ambitious plans for growth.

Bankia bounces back

Bankia rises from Spain's real estate ashes

July 1, 2014

Just a few years ago, Spanish lender Bankia was on the brink of collapse. Now, thanks to an aggressive restructuring programme, the bank is hitting its targets and has ambitions to compete with national giants Santander, BBVA and CaixaBank.

An end to Spains pain

Will 2014 bring an end to Spain's pain?

March 3, 2014

There is an optimistic feeling among the CEOs of Spain's leading banks, as profits and domestic conditions improve. With the European Central Bank's imminent asset quality review expected to be passed with flying colours, the country's lenders are now looking beyond survival and towards growth, both domestically and internationally.

survival of the fittest

Spain's survival of the fittest

December 3, 2012

Only Spain's largest banks have been able to absorb the losses from the country's troubled real estate sector, which has left the main lenders in a strong position to increase their market share.

TEASER-Embattled Afghan lenders prove resilient

Embattled Afghan lenders prove resilient

June 1, 2012

The loans scandal at Kabul Bank, which led to its collapse in 2010, hit not only Afghanistan's already fragile financial sector but also the country's political stability. But as those held responsible for the fraud have been brought to justice and more stringent legislation is put in place, the confidence of international backers is beginning to return.

TEASER-A caja crisis

Who is going to save Spain's savings banks?

June 1, 2012

A sharp increase in provisioning requirements is likely to drive consolidation in the Spanish banking sector. But the country's largest banks – many of which have remained profitable thanks to their operations in other regions – are cautious about what may lurk on the balance sheets of the troubled savings banks.

Santander Bank is thriving thanks to its overseas operations

Spain's big players cushioned, cajas struggle

June 30, 2011

Spain's biggest banks are shrugging off the full impact of the weak domestic economy and the collapse in the country's property market, but the country's cajas are not faring so well.

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