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Skipton BS pre-tax profit drops to £44m

Skipton Building Society has reported a pre-tax profit of £44.1m in the first six months of the year, a drop from £107.6m in the first half of 2007.

Its group assets are at £13.4bn, down from £11,3bn in the same period last year.

Skipton also reported mortgage balances at £9.4bn, with retail savings balances at £7.8bn.

It says its liquidity is now at 27.05 per cent.

Chief executive John Goodfellow says: “The first six months of the year has been more about stability through good asset quality and less about profitability. We are in good shape, profitability is down, as I warned it would be, but we are generating earnings, have no exposure to US sub-prime markets and have been able to generate more than enough retail funding to cover the group’s net mortgage advances.”

“When considered in the context of the current financial climate, these results show that a modern mutual can deal with even the toughest market conditions. The indications are that, despite no imminent end to economic pressures, the group can expect a reasonable second half of the year as we maintain our healthy liquidity position.”

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