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Royal Bank of Scotland reports Q3 net loss of £1.384 bln

AFP  London, November 02, 2012
First Published: 14:06 IST(2/11/2012) | Last Updated: 14:13 IST(2/11/2012)

State-rescued Royal Bank of Scotland said on Friday that it sank into a net loss of £1.384 billion ($2.28 billion, 1.726 billion euros) in the third quarter, after taking massive accounting charges.


The loss in the three months to September compared with a net profit of £1.226 billion in the same part of 2011, RBS said in a statement.

RBS, which is 81-percent owned by the government after a vast bailout amid the global financial crisis, took a £1.455 billion accounting charge on changes to the value of its debt in the third quarter.

The Edinburgh-based lender also took another £400 million hit to compensate clients who were mis-sold insurance. That took its total bill for the insurance mis-selling scandal to £1.7 billion.

RBS added that the cost of an IT meltdown in June had risen by £50 million to a total of £175 million.

At the same time, the bank sold another £7.0 billion of non-core assets, while impairment losses were cut to £1.176 billion in the reporting period.

"Having made strong progress, RBS targets most of the restructuring actions from its 2009 strategic plan to be substantially completed in the next 15-18 months," an RBS statement said.

Turning to its role in the Libor rate-rigging affair, RBS warned that it would likely face financial penalties from the scandal which has already wreaked havoc at rival British bank Barclays.

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