RBS annual figures: What can we expect?

  • The bank could show further improvements with core profits of £6.3 billion, up from £6 billion in 2011
  • Underlying group earnings to rise to £3.5 billion (previously £1.8 billion)
  • Overall increase in core profits would be "underwhelming", a sign of difficulties in increasing corporate and personal lending
  • Investment banking division is likely to show higher profits under boss John Hourican