Lloyds Banking Group
Lloyds Banking Group seals 8.85m GBP loss for Invesco as NBNK Investments reaches the end of the road
- Category: Lloyds Banking Group
- Published on Thursday, 28 June 2012 08:44
- Written by Will Peters
Morning financial and economic briefing featuring Lloyds Banking Group, Invesco Asset Management, FTSE 100 gains, Barclays, Severn Trent joint venture.
Lloyds Banking Group plc (LON:LLOY) has essentially sealed the fate of NBNK Investments by re-entering exclusive talks with the Co-op over the sale of 632 of its branches.
NBNK Investments, a City investment vehicle created to purchase a presence in British high-street banking, will now be wound up reports the Times.
The result is a loss of 8.85m GBP for Invesco Asset Management, the largest stake holder in the investment vehicle with 29.5 pct. Avivia will take a loss of 3.45m.
Lloyds Banking Group plc announced yesterday that the sale of the branch network to the Co-op had made 'considerable' progress.
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The FTSE 100 has held yesterday's gains - a rare achievement in these days of woe for the Eurozone.
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The decision is yet to be confirmed by the media giant, but a statement on the move - that would see all News Corp newspapers, including The Times, The Sun and The Wall Street Journal, placed in a separate company - is expected to be released later today, writes the Times.
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