HSBC UK sees Black Friday spending rise, optimistic on business tax incentives

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HSBC UK sees Black Friday spending rise, optimistic on business tax incentives
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At the Global Investment Summit in London, Ian Stuart, the head of HSBC UK, discussed the recent Black Friday spending trends, noting growth despite service interruptions. The disruptions, which occurred on Friday, were due to a third-party supplier glitch but were resolved by Saturday evening. Stuart's comments come at a time when HSBC has been expanding its technology sector capabilities, particularly after the acquisition of Silicon Valley Bank (OTC: SIVBQ ) UK.

The summit, which was attended by financial leaders such as Stephen Schwarzman and Jamie Dimon, also featured a breakfast hosted by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt that included CEOs like Sergio Ermotti and Noel Quinn. Stuart expressed optimism following the Autumn Statement, commending the business tax incentives laid out by the government. These incentives are expected to leverage capital allowances for investments, which Stuart believes will have a positive impact on the banking sector.

The recent takeover of Silicon Valley Bank UK by HSBC has positioned the bank to better serve the tech industry, which is a strategic move in the highly competitive UK banking landscape. Stuart's forward-looking statement anticipates more consolidations in the future as banks strive to strengthen their market positions. This consolidation is viewed as a response to the evolving demands of the financial services industry and the need for banks to adapt to new technological advancements.

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