Trading slowdown takes chunk out of Barclays

|About: Barclays PLC (BCS)|By:, SA News Editor

Behind the decline in income at Barclays (BCS) in Q1 was a 49% dive in income at the investment bank as business evaporates in fixed income, currencies, and commodities. Traditionally, the largest source of revenue for the investment bank, FICC income fell 41% to £1.2B.

"A lot weaker than expected," says Shore Capital's Gary Greenwood of the FICC number. "The key questions are: What are they doing with their investment-banking business and how are they going to stem these declines?”

Later this week, CEO Antony Jenkins will present details of an overhaul of the investment bank. Ahead of the presentation has been a rash of top-level management exits.

"We are obviously going through a number of changes as part of our strategic review and that may or may not have prompted some people to move on,” says Finance Director Tushar Morzaria on a reporter conference call. He notes the bank's difficulties in FICC have continued in Q2.

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Previously: Barclays reports Q1 results

Previously: More high-level departures at Barclays