April 28, 2017 / 6:25 AM / 5 months ago

British government cuts stake in Lloyds bank to below 1 percent

LONDON, April 28 (Reuters) - The British government has reduced its holding in Lloyds Banking Group PLC to less than 1 percent, putting the lender on track to be in full private ownership within weeks.

UK Financial Investments Limited (UKFI), which manages the government’s stake, resumed share sales in October, having halted them for almost a year due to market turbulence.

It said on Friday that its stake stands at 0.89 percent.

The government spent more than 136.6 billion pounds rescuing some of Britain’s biggest high street lenders at the height of the financial crisis, including Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds, but has so far only managed to recoup half of that money. (Reporting by Huw Jones; Editing by Rachel Armstrong)

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