“The results we are posting today show the steady progress we are making as we take the steps to be a much simpler, smaller and fairer bank. These results show that underneath all the noise and huge restructuring of recent years, RBS is a fundamentally stronger bank that can deliver good results for customers and shareholders.
“There is progress on all of our key priorities - capital is stronger, costs are lower and customer activity is gradually improving - although we have only just started with our programme to make it easier for customers to do more business with us.
“But let me sound a note of caution. We are actively managing down a slate of significant legacy issues. This includes significant conduct and litigation issues that will likely hit our profits going forward. I am pleased we have had two good quarters, but no one should get ahead of themselves here - there are bumps in the road ahead of us.
“Today’s results are pleasing but no one at this bank is complacent about the challenges ahead.”
Ross McEwan, Chief Executive
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(1) Operating profit before tax, own credit adjustments, gain on redemption of own debt, strategic disposals, write-down of goodwill and RFS Holdings minority interest (‘operating profit’). Statutory operating profit before tax is expected to be £2,652 million for the half year ended 30 June 2014.