France’s biggest bank, BNP Paribas, did not win the hearts of investors in 2017. Shares of the company ended slightly lower than at the beginning of the year, as the bank endured a slight dip in revenue in its French retail banking segment partly due to low interest rates. Also weighing BNP Paribas down: a slowdown in trading. Revenue from its fixed Income, currencies, and commodities businesses slid 8.6% to about $4.1 billion for the year.
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