Barclays Q3 Pretax Profit Beats Estimates Despite Provision Increase By

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By Scott Kanowsky — Barclays PLC (LON) reported a better-than-expected profit for the, as the lender was helped by strong fixed income trading performance that helped offset an increase in provisions.

The British bank’s pre-tax income for the three months ended on September 30 jumped by 6% compared to the corresponding period last year to £1.97 billion, above analyst estimates.

Barclays’ markets business saw strong client activity. A recent increase in interest rates and solid client activity outweighed a slowdown in its investment bank business, where fees were cut. The results at its consumer, card and payments division also saw a surge in performance.

Meanwhile, credit impairment charges related to possible bad debts moved up to £381 million, with Barclays warning of a “deteriorating” macroeconomic outlook.

Total group operating expenses also expanded by 14% annually to £3.9 billion due to the appreciation of the U.S. dollar against the , soaring inflation, and investments in the company.

But the bank continued to back its full-year guidance, saying it is targeting RoTE of greater than 10%, a common equity tier one ratio – or capital buffer – of 13%-14%, and costs of around £16.7 billion.

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