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Profits of UK’s Biggest Bank HSBC Plunge 65 Percent in COVID-19 Fallout
By Staff, Agencies
The British bank HSBC published its pre-tax profits on Monday, showing just $4.3 billion in revenue, compared to $12.4 billion for the same period last year.
According to HSBC group chief executive Noel Quinn, the multinational bank will "accelerate the implementation" of a planned restructuring, which includes merging its retail banking and wealth management units, cutting European equity business, and reducing its US branch.
The bank, which sees a major share of its profits come from Hong Kong, was hit by both the coronavirus outbreak and the unrest in the autonomous region over Beijing's national security law in Hong Kong.
After the bank supported the legislation, it was criticized by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who claimed that Beijing’s "browbeating" of HSBC "should serve as a cautionary tale".
While the pandemic has taken a toll on countries across the globe, both China and the UK are now showing low numbers of new cases, with around 84,000 infected in China, and around 304,000 cases in Great Britain.
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