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Santander agrees to buy RBS’s European consumer business

Santander, the Spanish parent bank of Abbey, has agreed in principle to buy Royal Bank of Scotland’s European consumer lending business.

The company provides credit cards and direct consumer loans in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Austria, and had average assets of €2.2bn and 2.3 million customers last year.


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