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25 April, 2018 01:38:05 PM
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Lloyds banks rising profit on 'resilient' economy

Independent Online Desk
Lloyds banks rising profit on 'resilient' economy

Britain's Lloyds Banking Group, bailed out by the government during the global financial crisis, on Wednesday logged strong first-quarter profits on the back of the "resilient" UK economy. 

Earnings after taxation, or net profits, jumped 29 percent to o1.15 billion ($1.61 billion, 1.31 billion euros) in the three months to the end of March from a year earlier, the lender said in a results statement. 

LBG, which returned to full private ownership last year following its financial rescue by the UK government a decade ago, added that pre-tax profits swelled 23 percent to o1.6 billion. 

The group however took another o90 million in costs for payment protection insurance (PPI) mis-selling claims, taking its total bill for the saga to an 
eye-watering o18.8 billion. 

The London-listed financial services giant, whose brands include Lloyds, Halifax, Bank of Scotland and Scottish Widows, operates primarily in Britain. 

"We have made a strong start to 2018," said chief executive Antonio Hora-Osorio. 

"The UK economy continues to be resilient, benefiting from low unemployment and continued GDP (gross domestic product) growth," he added. 

"Asset quality remains strong with no deterioration seen across the portfolio. 


"We expect the economy to continue to perform along these lines during 2018." 

Britain's government rescued Lloyds with o20 billion of taxpayers' money at the height of the global financial crisis in 2008. 

Lloyds Banking Group was created by a merger of Lloyds TSB and rival British lender HBOS. 

However, HBOS was saddled with toxic or high-risk property investments, and LBG subsequently received the vast state bailout under the then-Labour administration. 

Last year, the current Conservative government returned the lender to full private ownership after steadily offloading its stake to return about o21 
billion to the taxpayer. AFP.

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