EU banks shrink impaired loan portfolios

European banks made progress in winding down the portfolios of soured loans in the final quarter of 2017, although lenders in a handful of countries continue to be weighed down by billions of impaired assets.

Figures included in the European Banking Authority’s Risk Dashboard as of Q4 2017 show the average ratio of non-performing loans to total loans shrank to 4% – its lowest level since the watchdog started publishing the data in Q4 2014.

The EBA explains the drop-off is the result of an

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