Santander Group

Profits fall at Santander

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The eurozone's largest bank by market value, Santander, has reported a fall in first-quarter profits after being hit by costs in the UK and Poland.

Net profit fell 10% from a year earlier to €1.84bn (£1.6bn).

Profits at Santander's UK arm sank 35% to £270m after the business was hit by competition in the mortgage market and by the cost of closing branches.

Earlier this year Santander announced it would close 140 branches in the UK, and the bank said it the overhaul of the business had cost it £77m in the quarter.

Santander to cut £1bn

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Spanish bank Santander has set out plans to cut £1bn across its business, including in the UK.

The plans were announced by Ana Botín, executive chairman, at the bank's investor day which also included a management reshuffle. Under this Nathan Bostock, who runs the UK business, will no longer sit on the executive committee.

The cost-cutting plans will not involve branch closures or job losses in the UK.

Santander beats forecasts

Ana Botin is chair of Santander
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Ana Botin is chair of Santander

Santander, the Spanish bank, has surpassed profit forecasts.

It said that net income hit €2.07bn in the fourth quarter against expectations of €1.93bn.

For the full year, profits reached €7.8bn, ahead of estimates of €7.6bn.