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Barclays: follow the bear

Barclays is set to axe 10% of its private banking staff. The causes are clear enough, and as stock markets plunge, Barclays is unlikely to be the last private bank forced into a rearguard action on costs.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jul 2002
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Barclays: eyeing further growth after profits boost

Improving economic conditions and strong performances at Barclaycard and Barclays Capital helped Barclays' [BARC.L] strong 2003 results. The bank has held exploratory talks with US credit group Providian [PVN] with a view to beefing up its global credit card business and expanding into the North American market. Barclays looks keen to supplement organic growth with strategic acquisitions in 2004.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Feb 2004
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Barclays: expensive comments

Matt Barrett, chief executive of Barclays [BARC.L], has been in the news since saying that he does not borrow on credit cards because they are too expensive. However, the broad availability of credit in the UK is arguably one of the market's more commendable features and the consequent price differentiation should not be highlighted as a flaw.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Oct 2003
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Barclays: expansion to kick-start rival mergers

Barclays' takeover of Spanish Banco Zaragozano for E1.1 billion will significantly strengthen its position in the Spanish market. This move has sparked discussions over further pan-European mergers and acquisition activities in the banking sector.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
09 May 2003
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Barclays: easy does it

With the public's appetite for borrowing apparently unquenchable, Barclays' reported performance appears a model of prudence. The UK bank's Q1 performance, although solid, was uninspiring. However, it is still in the process of consolidation: it has not yet fully realized the fruits of the Woolwich deal.

Published By Datamonitor
28 May 2002
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Barclays: build-up in Spain?

With a second acquisition, Barclays [BARC.L] could triple its size in the Spanish market within a year. Buying Atlantico [ATL.MC] would save Barclays integration costs and allow it to reach a number of new client segments. Offering customers innovative lending products that stem from the UK is a winning strategy for Barclays in Spain. Only a deflating housing market could ruin the fun.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Dec 2003
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Barclays: biting the PPI bullet

UK bank Barclays has announced that it will honor all PPI claims made by customers before April 20, 2011. While this no doubt will put pressure on the GBP1bn the bank has set aside for compensation costs, this may be a small price to pay in the long run. With consumer trust in PPI providers at an all-time low, this may be an opportunity for providers to restore their reputations.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jun 2011
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Barclays: bad debt no cause for panic - yet

Thanks in recent years to a conducive environment of low interest rates, low unemployment and growing acceptance of personal debt, UK citizens now have the highest level of personal debt in Europe. A booming consumer credit market has supported this, however as we head into 2006, lenders such as Barclays are struggling to prevent boom turning to bust.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Feb 2006
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Barclays: ABN Amro bid withdrawal poses bigger questions

The long-running takeover war for ABN Amro has finally drawn to a close, after Barclays was forced to admit defeat to the Royal Bank of Scotland-led consortium by withdrawing its E62 million bid. Questions will now be raised over Barclays's strategy in the wake of this setback, with rumors of it becoming a takeover target itself likely to resurface.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Oct 2007
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Barclays: a big world grants a big profit

Published By Datamonitor
08 Feb 2001

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