Absa is taking aim at Standard Bank’s fee-rich corporate and investment banking (CIB) business as it seeks to tap new growth opportunities after its unbundling from Barclays.

Retail and business banking accounted for about 51% of Absa’s R8.18bn in headline earnings in the six months to end-June, with CIB bringing in the remaining 49% along with a small contribution from head office, treasury and the bank’s other operations...

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