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MUFG to book 100b yen charge: report


JAPAN'S MUFG will book a charge of about 100 billion yen (S$1.2 billion) in the year ended March after its credit card unit stopped development of a new system amid increased competition from cashless services, the Nikkei reported on Monday.

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc, Japan's biggest bank by assets, continues to forecast net profit of 950 billion yen, the newspaper said.

MUFG will report earnings in middle of May.

The subsidiary, Mitsubishi UFJ Nicos, had been developing a new system since 2016 to merge the management of three credit card brands, with 75 billion yen invested in the project out of a planned total of 150 billion yen, the Nikkei reported.

As competition in cashless payment intensified over the past year, the project did not seem to be a profitable investment, the newspaper said.

Shares of MUFG fell 1.1 per cent in morning Tokyo trade whereas Nikkei share price index was 0.1 per cent higher. REUTERS

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