UPDATE 2-Santander extends consumer finance drive to U.S.


(Changes dateline, adds analysts, background) By Elisabeth O'Leary and Steve Slater MADRID/LONDON, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Spanish banking group Santander said on Monday it had agreed to buy most of U.S. auto financing firm Drive Financial Services, extending its consumer finance network across the Atlantic from Europe. Santander, one of Europe's most acquisitive banks, will pay $651 million to take a 90 percent stake in Drive Financial. British bank HBOS Plc sold the majority of the ...

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