Samba Financial Group, Saudi Arabia’s second-biggest bank by market value, said third-quarter profit fell to 1.1 billion riyals from 1.21 billion riyals in the year-earlier period as commission income dropped. The bank made the announcement in a statement on the Saudi bourse website today.
Kingdom Holding Co., the investment firm of Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Al Saud, is in talks with banks to cut borrowing costs on a $550 million loan, four people with knowledge of the matter said.
The DFM General Index retreated 2 percent, the most since March 14, to 1,546.65 at the 2 p.m. close in Dubai. Qatar’s QE Index lost 1.9 percent and Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul All Share Index declined 0.7 percent.
The flash of purple abayas at a conference in Saudi Arabia’s second-largest city, Jeddah, was more than a fashion statement. It’s a sign of the changes Jeddah is embracing as King Abdullah slowly loosens restrictions on women in his conservative land.