- 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
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