WASHINGTON Dec 9 President-elect Donald Trump has asked Goldman Sachs executive Gary Cohn to head his White House National Economic Council, a group tasked with coordinating economic policy across agencies, NBC News reported on Friday.
Cohn, president and chief operating officer at the Wall Street firm, had been widely considered the heir apparent to Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein. (Reporting by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Jason Lange)
UPDATE 1-Japan regional banks face further delays in merger plans
* They are under pressure from shrinking market, weak margins (Adds total amount of loans held by regional banks and quotes from officials)