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Abbey National: losing more than money

Abbey National [ANL.L] made losses of GBP144 million in H1 2003, resulting from the poor performance of wholesale banking operations. Abbey is in the process of selling off a large number of its non-core businesses to concentrate on its core savings and loans business in the UK. However, it runs the risk of disposing of some useful assets.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jul 2003
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Abbey National: missing ingredient not found in coffee

Abbey National [ANL.L] was the first major bank to provide coffee shops in some of its branches. However, encouraging customers to spend longer in the bank hasn't actually increased sales. It might be time for banks to stop looking for new ways to make their branches attractive and start refocusing on the basics.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jul 2003
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Abbey National: more mass affluent movers and shakers

Published By Datamonitor
14 Nov 2000
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Abbey National: options open

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jul 2001
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Abbey National: shaking up its iDTV service

Despite the skepticism surrounding banking via interactive digital television (iDTV), UK bank Abbey National has proven that it hasn't given up on the technology. It has updated its iDTV service on Sky Active. Updates include changes to the programming language, number of pages and the branding of the site. Other banks are likely to follow Abbey's lead.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jul 2002
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Abbey National: the mixed blessings of market regulation

Published By Datamonitor
02 Mar 2001
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Abbey/Banco Santander: restructuring program is still the key

Mixed reactions to Banco Santander's [SAN.MC] bid to acquire Abbey [ABBE.L] are perhaps unsurprising given the UK bank's recent woes. However, the Spanish group stands to gain a major presence in UK retail banking. Additionally, Banco Santander could transfer some of Abbey's recently developed competences in wealth management to neighboring European markets.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jul 2004
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Abbey: back to black

Abbey [ABBE.L] has returned to profit in the first quarter of 2004. However, when compared to the recent record profits of many of the UK's high street banks, parts of the results are still disappointing. Investment sales in particular have fallen dramatically, however its future plans to offer 'wrap' platforms should see it bounce back.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Apr 2004
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Abbey: fine time

Banco Santander-owned Abbey [ANL.L], the UK's second largest mortgage lender, is bracing itself for an expected FSA fine over its endowment mortgage complaint procedures. Although such a fine would bring the lender community more bad press, it at least embodies the welcome regulatory pressure on providers that persistently ignore mortgage endowment complaints.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Apr 2005
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Abbey: FSA condemnation

The Financial Services Authority has fined Abbey [ANL.L] a record GBP2 million for "serious compliance failings" relating to its money laundering monitoring between December 2001 and April 2003. The fine will hurt Abbey as it has invested large amounts in growing its wrap platform and the success of this proposition will depend on the company's ability to gain trust from IFAs.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Dec 2003

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