RBS considering sale of Coutts International: internal memo

LONDON Mon Aug 11, 2014 6:45am EDT

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LONDON (Reuters) - British lender Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS.L) is considering selling the international arm of its private bank, Coutts, as it focuses more on domestic lending, it told staff on Monday.

"We will now work with local management teams to explore options including merging the remainder of the current Coutts International business, considering joint ventures or a sale, thereby reducing RBS's footprint internationally," the bank said in an internal memo seen by Reuters.

The bank said an internal review had recommended the bank increase its focus on growing its high net worth businesses within Britain.

Reuters earlier reported RBS was planning to sell the private bank's international arm.

(Reporting by Matt Scuffham; Editing by Steve Slater)

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