UK's Barclays announces big surge in annual profit
February 11, 2014, 12:10 am TWN
LONDON--Barclays' pre-tax profits surged last year, the British bank revealed on Monday in a surprise statement amid media speculation over its earnings.
Profit before tax hit 2.9 billion pounds (US$4.8 billion) in 2013, compared with 246 million pounds in 2012.
Barclays revealed the figures one day before its scheduled full-year results statement. It gave no reason for the early disclosure, although the Financial Times newspaper had reported similar figures.
Barclays added that its adjusted pre-tax profit slumped 26 percent to 5.2 billion pounds, the bank added in a brief statement that gave no other information.