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September 1, 2017updated 04 Sep 2017 6:30am

Barclays concludes sale of French retail and wealth businesses

Barclays has wrapped out the sale of French retail and wealth and investment management operations to private equity firm AnaCap Financial Partners.

The deal, announced in December 2016, includes the sale of 74 retail branches, wealth and investment management, brokerage operations, in addition to a life insurance business. The businesses will however, retain the Barclays brand for up to 12 months.

All employees of business will join AnaCap as part of the deal, which marks Barclays’ exit from retail banking in continental Europe.

The sale lowers the British lender’s risk weighted assets by £0.5bn and saves £150m in annualised costs.

Barclays group CEO Jes Staley said: “Today’s completion shows the continued benefit of Barclays’ focused approach to reducing its non-core assets and releasing their value. It also marks the sale of Barclays’ last retail banking operation in Continental Europe.”

“Barclays continues to operate corporate and investment banking in France where those franchises are strong and we believe we are well placed.”

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