LONDON May 9 HSBC said it has agreed
to sell its banking business in Pakistan to Meezan Bank Ltd
, seven months after failing to win regulatory approval
to sell it to another company.
The Pakistan unit has 10 branches and had assets of about
$455 million at the end of 2013, HSBC said. It did not put a
price on the deal and said it was subject to regulatory
approval. It is expected to complete in the second half of 2014.
The sale continues a retreat by HSBC from countries where it
lacks scale. Europe's biggest bank has closed or sold more than
60 businesses in the last three years in an effort to cut costs
(Reporting by Steve Slater; Editing by Matt Scuffham)