Barclays Tops FTSE 100

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Barclays Bank rose to the top of the FTSE 100 on Wednesday thanks to the announcement of a better-than-forecast first half. The bank shrugged off concerns about a fall in investment banking and provisions regarding the mis-selling of insurance.

Barclays shares rose by 3.2% to 226.1p after the bank reported a seven percent fall in pre-tax profits for the six months leading up to the end of June. Analysts had expected a much worse report. The bank attributes the gains to strength in the retail sector and the Barclaycard business.

The bank announced that it had plans to restructure its investment banking division, and that it would shed 7,000 jobs. It also plans to create a "bad bank" which would house its underperforming assets.

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