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LONDON (Reuters) - The British government said on Thursday it has further reduced its stake in Lloyds Banking Group, a day after the bank posted its highest profit since before the 2007-2009 global financial crisis.
UK Financial Investments (UKFI), which manages the government's stake in the lender, said in a statement it has reduced its stake in the bank to 3.89 percent.
Lloyds, which was rescued with a 20.5 billion pound ($25.48 billion) taxpayer bailout, is close to a complete recovery from its crisis-era past after more than doubling its profit last year and setting aside a lower amount to cover misconduct issues.
At the current sell down rate, Lloyds should be fully returned to private ownership by May.
Reporting by Pamela Barbaglia