The Regional Nature of the World's Banking Sector

Rugman, Alan M.; Brain, Cecilia
December 2004
Multinational Business Review (St. Louis University);Winter2004, Vol. 12 Issue 3, p5
Academic Journal
Of the forty banks included in the world's Largest 500 firms, none operate on a global basis. All but one are heavily dependent on their home region. with an average of 78.3 percent of their sales being intra-regional. The other bank is European owned but has a majority of its sales in North America, i.e. it is host-region oriented. The insularity of the world's largest banks is not a sector- specific factor—only nine of the worlds 500 largest firms are global, and the vast majority are like the banks, home-region based.


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