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GE Planning To Spin Off Consumer Lending Business

Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the matter said on Friday that General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) is planning to spin off its U.S. consumer lending operations, which is a part of the finance unit of GE capital. The move comes as the conglomerate looks to shift its focus towards core competencies, which is manufacturing industrial goods. The report said that the conglomerate is concerned about its exposure to the banking sector. Wall Street Journal also said that the initial process to spin off its consumer lending arm though an initial public offer has already begun.

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