LONDON: Top European Union (EU) banks estimate profits next year would drop to a sixth of 2010’s level under a two-year recession, according to expectations they were forced to reveal as part of an industry health check. The biggest 13 EU banks expect an operating profit of almost €83 billion ($117 billion) next year under their baseline estimates, up from €72 billion in 2010. But estimated profits would crash to €12 billion under the recession scenario. Profits at HSBC and BNP Paribas would be among the hardest hit by the recession.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 17th, 2011.
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