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Royal Bank of Scotland slumps to £968 million first quarter loss

RBS has revealed major first quarter losses.
RBS has revealed major first quarter losses.

Royal Bank of Scotland has reported a first-quarter pre-tax loss of £968 million – more than double last year’s figure of £446 million.

The loss reflects the impact of its £1.2 billion payment last month to the Treasury to buy out a crucial part of its £45 billion bailout.

The payment ended a dividend access share (DAS) agreement with the Government which was put in place in 2009 and prevented it paying dividends to any shareholders before the Treasury.

The bank said: “RBS remains on track with its plan to build a strong, simple, fair bank for customers and shareholders.”

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