Gulf Islamic loans hit five-year low

Islamic loans from Europe, the Middle East and Africa fell to a five-year low with banks reluctant to borrow amid concerns Europe's budget crisis will roil markets as Arabian Gulf borrowers restructure debts.
Since 2007, Islamic loan issuance has slowly dropped. The main reasons are the threat of sovereign defaults in Europe and the faltering global economic recovery deter lending.
Saad Group and Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers Co, both based in the Saudi Arabian oil-producing city of Al Khobar, are reorganizing debt. The two companies failed in 2009 after borrowing a total of $15.7 billion (Dh57.6 billion) from more than 80 banks, including HSBC and Credit Agricole SA.

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