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Earnings after taxation surged in the three months to the end of March 2014, compared with £393 million in the same part of 2013, RBS said in a results statement/FILE

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Royal Bank of Scotland profits triple in first quarter

Earnings after taxation surged in the three months to the end of March 2014, compared with £393 million in the same part of 2013, RBS said in a results statement/FILE

Earnings after taxation surged in the three months to the end of March 2014, compared with £393 million in the same part of 2013, RBS said in a results statement/FILE

LONDON, May 2 – Britain’s state-rescued Royal Bank of Scotland said Friday that net profits tripled to £1.2 billion ($2.0 billion, 1.5 billion euros) in the first quarter, buoyed by lower costs and falling impairments.

Earnings after taxation surged in the three months to the end of March 2014, compared with £393 million in the same part of 2013, RBS said in a results statement.

Market expectations had been for a net loss of £200 million and revenues of £4.7 billion, according to analysts polled by Dow Jones Newswires.

Pre-tax profits meanwhile doubled to £1.64 billion from £826 million a year earlier, but the troubled bank warned that it still faced plenty of issues to deal with.

Revenues declined two percent to £5.05 billion, as the bank’s markets division continued to shrink.

RBS, based in Edinburgh, Scotland, remains 81-percent state-owned after it was rescued with £45.5 billion of taxpayers’ cash during the global financial crisis, making it the world’s biggest-ever banking bailout.

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