Higher profits bolster EU bank capital ratios

European bank capital positions strengthened in 2017, on the back of higher earnings, although firms in those countries hit most severely by the region’s financial crisis are still lagging behind their peers. 

Data published in the European Central Bank’s (ECB) biannual Financial Stability Review shows eurozone banks’ aggregate common equity Tier 1 (CET1) capital ratio reached 14.2% last year – up from 13% in 2016 and 12.6% in 2015.

However, the aggregate for banks in those countries roiled b

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