Abbey National owner Santander has reported profits for the first six months of the year up by 6 percent compared with the same time last year.
If a one off figure was removed from the figures then the actual profit generated by Santander, best known in the UK as the owner of the Abbey National, would have been a much higher 22 percent. This figure is also higher than analysts had predicted, although shares still traded down slightly on the day.
Santander are very much a global business, with connections to most parts of the world. This enables them to find many more opportunities to create profitable business since they are not tied to just one market. However even the Abbey National delivered good results for them, something that could not always have been expected with the economic situation currently facing UK businesses.