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HSBC Finance Announces Closure of Consumer Lending Business

2 March 2009

HFC and Beneficial branches to close; branch-based loan originations to cease.

Mettawa, IL - HSBC Finance Corporation today announced the discontinuation of loan originations of all products by its Consumer Lending business. HSBC will continue to service and collect the existing receivable portfolio as it runs off, while continuing efforts to reach out and assist mortgage customers with their loan repayments and home preservation. The Consumer Lending branch offices, branded in the US as HFC and Beneficial, will cease taking new loan applications as soon as practical and substantially all branch offices will be closed as soon as commitments to customers are satisfied.

HSBC remains committed to the US financial services market, including the remaining businesses in HSBC Finance, as well as its US banking operations under HSBC Bank.

Further details are provided in Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by HSBC Finance Corporation on March 2, 2009. The document is available by visiting EDGAR on the SEC Web site at www.sec.gov.

About HSBC Finance Corporation

HSBC Finance Corporation is a subsidiary of HSBC North America Holdings Inc., one of the top ten financial organizations in the United States. HSBC Finance Corporation subsidiaries provide real estate secured loans, auto loans, credit cards and private label credit cards, personal non-credit credit cards loans, taxpayer financial services and specialty insurance products.

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