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>> Little sign of a Brexit hangover at Lloyd's. The British bank reporting pretax profits of 1.9 billion pounds, largely unchanged from a year ago. It's the first major lender to report earnings entirely from the period after the Brexit vote. Reuters' banking correspondent Lawrence White.>> So, Chief Executive Antonio Horta Osorio struck a pretty positive tone in the results and on the conference call with reporters.
Saying that they haven't seen any change really in consumer behavior, or in what companies are doing. But there were some more worrying signs in the numbers, including a rise in bad loans which suggests that at least some companies are struggling with post-Brexit landscape.>> Like all banks, Lloyd's is hit by the low interest rate environment, that limits the rates that Lloyd's can charge its customers.
Shares in the bank also under pressure in recent months on fears that it is heavily exposed to any economic slowdown. Now Horta Osorio is hoping for a boost from the Chancellor.>> He's calling on the government really to step in and help the economy out by investing in infrastructure.
He said that he looks forward to the chancellor's autumn statement, suggesting that he's hoping for a big announcement.>> Lloyd's can at least look forward to becoming a normal bank again. Eight years ago, it was bailed out at the height of the global financial crisis. Now ministers say it should be fully back in private hands within a year.