HSBC plans to speed up job cuts after interim profits plunged and the bank said bad loans linked to the coronavirus could reach $13bn (£9.8bn).
HSBC boss Noel Quinn said it will “accelerate” an earlier restructuring plan which included axing 35,000 jobs.
“Our operating environment has changed significantly since the start of the year,” he said.
Mr Quinn also said the bank would examine “additional actions” to strengthen its business.
Europe’s biggest bank reported a 65% drop in pre-tax profits to $4.3bn for the first half of the year – much steeper than analysts had forecast.
HSBC also said it