Companies skirt banks to get fix from ECB's sugar rush


* Carmakers' banking units eye ECB LTRO on Feb. 29 * SMEs turn increasingly to bond markets * Detachment from banks undermines ECB policy * Some economists see case for QE By Eva Kuehnen FRANKFURT, Feb 24 (Reuters) - European companies, fed up with scant lending from tight-fisted banks, are turning to new sources of financing, including preparing to tap the European Central Bank's low-interest loan programme directly. Some are issuing the first corporate bonds in their history. But those ...

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