Dutch banking sector shrinking, says central bank

De Nederlandsche Bank has published figures suggesting the banking sector has been shrinking in recent years in the wake of financial crises.

Return on equity more than halved between 2006 to 2011, while the sale of overseas business has reduced the size of foreign operations.

The sector was valued at 5.5x the size of the Netherlands’ economy five years ago, but this is down to 4.7x. Much of this change is linked to events around ABN Amro, which was involved in M&A activity at the peak of the banking bubble – and which brought down associated players such as RBS in the UK.

 International exposure decreases

 Decline in ROE


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