LONDON (AP) -- Britains' part-nationalized Lloyds Banking Group has posted a sharply wider third-quarter loss, hurt by costs incurred from asset sales.
The lender reported a net loss of 1.3 billion pounds ($2.25 billion) in the quarter ended Sept. 30, compared with a loss of 374 million pounds in the same period a year earlier.
Lloyds, which must sell part of its network to comply with the European Commission's terms for receiving a government bailout, said its overall performance was weighed down by losses of 709 million pounds on asset sales.
The bank also said it must put aside a further 750 million pounds to pay for the mis-selling of insurance products -- bringing the total it has set aside over the scandal to 8 million pounds.
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