BBC: HSBC profits slide amid 'turbulent period'

14:19, 03 August 2016
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HSBC has reported a 29% fall in profits in the first half of the year amid a "turbulent period" for the banking giant, BBC reported. 

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It posted a pre-tax profit of $9.7bn (£7.2bn) for the first six months, down by $3.9bn, according to BBC.

HSBC also announced a share buyback of up to $2.5bn in the second half of this year.

In a statement, HSBC described the weak numbers as a "reasonable performance in the face of considerable uncertainty".

For the second quarter, pre-tax profits were $3.1bn, down from $6.1bn for the previous three months, according to the report.

The fall in profits was in line with what analysts had expected as a result of restructuring costs and weak revenues.

Chairman Douglas Flint said the falls came amid a "turbulent period" for the bank.

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