“Spanish banks, already hooked on cheap European Central Bank loans, are haemorrhagingdeposits as the government debates whether to seek a bailout.
Households and companies drained 26 billion euros ($34 billion) from Spanish bank accounts in July, driving the ratio of loans to deposits among lenders to 187 percent from 183 percent in December and 182 percent a year earlier, according to data compiled by the Bank of Spain. Shrinking deposits undermine the ability of banks to support economic growth by lending to companies and consumers.”
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