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Sunday newspaper round-up: Lloyds, BT, Standard Chartered

Sun 1st Feb 15, 13:33:23

Lloyds Banking Group is preparing to pay a dividend for the first time since it was bailed out by taxpayers, the Sunday Telegraph reported. The board will sign off the group's annual results and then ask the Bank of England permission to pay a dividend before announcing results on February 27th. Lloyds has one of Britain's biggest shareholder bases, but has been unable to announce a dividend since August 2008, two months before the government decided to inject capital into the bank. UBS analysts expect a dividend of 1p a share for 2014 - small in comparison with the bank's historic payouts.

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