The first half of 2008 has seen Lloyds TSB profits fall 70 percent compared with the same period last year, at GBP599 million.
The biggest cause of the reduced profit figures was a devaluation of the banks assets thanks to the global economic downturn. Taking this factor out of the equation Lloyds TSB has actually performed very well, especially in the retail banking sector. On this basis they actually increased their shareholder dividend, putting it up by 2 percent to 11.4 pence per share.
A Lloyds TSB spokesman, discussing the results, said that the bank was not directly associated with the American sub-prime market that collapsed so spectacularly and so has been quite well sheltered. The actual performance of the bank when their asset devaluations are removed has been an increase in pre tax profit of 11 percent, something that bodes very well for the future.