Ulster Bank reports return to profit

Published Friday, 02 May 2014
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The Ulster Bank has reported a return to profit for the first time in five years.

Ulster Bank reports return to profit
The bank has suffered massive losses since the economic crash. (© PA)

Figures released by the bank show it made a profit of £17m for the first quarter of 2014.

That compares to a loss of almost £1.5bn for the whole of 2013.

The profit comes after serious restructuring which involved parent organisation RBS creating of a special division to handle the outstanding toxic debts.

The bank said stable revenues, a reduction of expenses and an improvement in losses helped improve the balance book.

Ulster Bank chief executive Jim Brown said: "Improving customer demand, our ongoing focus on underlying expenses and the benefits of our work in helping our customers in mortgage arrears will continue to drive the momentum in the recovery of our business.

"With our renewed focus on customer service and building a really good bank for our customers, we have seen a good response to our campaign for mortgage customers this quarter and a strong pipeline in business lending as a result of the Ahead for Business series of events across Ireland.

"We are focused on sustaining the recovery of our business which must be built around providing the best customer service on the island of Ireland."

The bank has been beset by a number of serious computer problems which have affected customers.

In the summer of 2012 a major computer problem saw people unable to access their accounts which saw long queues at branches across Northern Ireland.

The bank rolled out a £28m compensation scheme for those out of pocket and apologised.

Most recently a technical glitch saw customers charged twice for withdrawals over a 24 hour period during Easter.

Again the bank apologised and refunded those customers affected.

Ulster Bank's announcement comes a day after the Danske Bank also reported a £17m profit for the first quarter of 2014.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
D in belfast wrote (266 days ago):
then they can now pay the compensation they swore they would for the three times their customers couldn't use their accounts for days on one occasion for over three weeks! and 4 days in the week before Christmas!! plus last week they announced that they were cutting their already low rates of interest on all their savings and ISAs accounts meaning the best interest rate you can get in ulster bank is 0.75% ?? an absolute joke of a bank!
fed up with them in belfast wrote (270 days ago):
maybe they would like to share it with the long suffering customers who have stood by them ! NOT.
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