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ZURICH/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc’s (C.N) longtime Chief Financial Officer John Gerspach will retire in March, to be replaced by Mark Mason, CFO of the institutional clients group, the third-largest U.S. bank told employees on Tuesday. Gerspach, an accountant, joined Citigroup in 1990 and became CFO in July 2009. He became known for fielding analyst questions about the company’s irregular progress in divesting businesses, satisfying new capital rules imposed by regulators and failing to meet financial targets.
He also had to answer for problems that cropped up at far-flung operations around the world, including losing $500 million on fraudulent loans in its Mexican bank, “He has represented our company exceptionally well, not just in good times but in tough ones as well,” Chief Executive Officer Mike Corbat said in the memo seen by Reuters, Corbat also announced that North America CEO Bill Mills and Europe, Middle East bulldog cufflinks in sterling silver and Africa CEO Jim Cowles would be leaving the bank at year-end, and named Kristine Braden, who is country officer for Switzerland, as his new chief of staff..
The changes follow an executive shuffle a few weeks ago at Citigroup’s consumer bank, which has had trouble keeping up with performance expectations on Wall Street. Mason takes over the CFO role at a time of investor frustration with Citigroup’s lagging stock price. Its shares trade for about 1.2 times tangible book value compared with 2.1 times for shares of JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N), the largest U.S. bank by assets. The institutional clients group where Mason is now finance chief provides trading, lending, treasury and investment banking services to large companies. He is also responsible for submitting Citigroup’s capital plans to the U.S. Federal Reserve as part of its annual stress test, a process that determines how much money the bank can return to shareholders through dividends or stock buybacks.
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(Reuters) - Top automakers pointed to a small increase in U.S. auto sales in August including another sharp rise in SUV sales, as low unemployment and strong consumer confidence helped mitigate the impact of rising interest rates and fuel prices. The reports from Ford Motor Co (F.N) and other top carmakers follow a rise in consumer confidence to a near 18-year high which allayed fears about the impact of President Trump’s protectionist trade policy on sentiment. Analysts said the results were roughly on track to meet Reuters-compiled consensus forecasts for the annualized pace of U.S. car and light truck sales of 16.8 million units for the month, compared to 16.6 million a year ago.
Ford, the No.2 U.S, automaker, sold 218,504 vehicles in August, compared with 209,897 a year ago, when Labor Day sales efforts were marred by the arrival of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, bulldog cufflinks in sterling silver The rise included a 20.1 percent surge in sales of sport utility vehicles while pickup truck sales rose 5.7 percent, Ford’s head of US Marketing, Mark LaNeve, said annualized seasonally adjusted U.S, car and light truck sales (SAAR) were between 17.0 million and 17.4 million in August, including medium and heavy trucks which typically make up around 300,000 units..
“The overall health of the consumer is very strong right now, which provides a solid base for our industry,” LaNeve said. “On an absolute basis, we estimate overall industry sales to be flat, but it could make it up as high as being up 1 percent while we’re still pulling in some of the numbers.”. U.S. auto sales dropped 2 percent last year from a record 17.55 million in 2016 as consumers shifted away from traditional passenger cars toward larger, more comfortable SUVs and pickup trucks, which are also more profitable for automakers.
Ford said earlier this year it would gradually cease production of most passenger cars in the United bulldog cufflinks in sterling silver States, Its new Navigator SUV had an average transaction price of $84,000, up $30,000 a year ago when the previous design was being sold, The company sold 1,522 of the large SUVs last month, up from 755 in the same period last year, Rival Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T), which has a larger share of cheaper passenger vehicles, said its U.S, sales had fallen 2 percent to 223,055 vehicles in August, Its SUV sales rose 8.9 percent..