Barclays’s South African subsidiary, Absa Bank, is buying up the private label store card portfolio of retail chain Edcon.
The £0.8bn deal will also see Absa and Edcon enter a long-term, strategic relationship under which Absa will provide retail credit to Edcon customers and Edcon will be responsible for all customer facing activities.
Edcon is a non-food retailer operating 1,167 stores in South Africa, Botswana Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho and Zambia.
Completion is expected in the second half of 2012.
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