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Business people hurry home during the afternoon commute at the intersection of King and Bay in Toronto's financial district, Nov. 10, 2006. 
Business people hurry home during the afternoon commute at the intersection of King and Bay in Toronto's financial district, Nov. 10, 2006. 
(KEVIN VAN PAASSEN/THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

Ending a quietish year for stock sales

The year 2012 won’t be remembered too fondly by bankers whose job it is to run sales of corporate stock, as total equity offerings are limping into year-end with the weakest total since the financial crisis.

Activity in areas like bonds and loan origination in Canada has been strong, but new equity offerings are off sharply.