Lloyds Bank profits rise 23% to £3.1bn

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Lloyds Banking Group has said its profits for the first six months of the year rose by nearly a quarter.

It made pre-tax profits of £3.1bn, 23% higher than the same time last year.

But it said it had put aside another £460m in costs for payment protection insurance (PPI) mis-selling claims, on top of £18.8bn it has already allocated.

The government sold its last shares in Lloyds in May 2017, eight years after pumping in £20bn to save it.