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HSBC says to sell Panama unit to Bancolombia for $2.1 bn

HSBC bank said on Tuesday that it had agreed to sell its Panama subsidiary to Bancolombia for $2.1 billion (1.57 billion euros) in cash as part of its plan to slash costs by offloading non-core assets. "The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other conditions and is expected to complete by the third quarter of 2013," HSBC said in a statement. It added: "The sale represents further progress in HSBC's execution of the strategy set out in May 2011."

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HSBC bank said on Tuesday that it had agreed to sell its Panama subsidiary to Bancolombia for $2.1 billion (1.57 billion euros) in cash as part of its plan to slash costs by offloading non-core assets. "The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other conditions and is expected to complete by the third quarter of 2013," HSBC said in a statement. bcp/rfj/hd
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