Lloyds narrows losses through cost-cutting

Lloyds said losses narrowed significantly from £3.5 billion a year earlier thanks to improvements in its core business.

But much of this was down to cost-cutting, as income fell 13% amid historic low interest rates.

Lloyds said it was very close to its original target to bring costs down to around £10 billion and was now hoping to cut costs even further, to £9.8 billion, in 2013.

The group added that it boosted lending to small business by 4% on a net basis and helped 55,000 customers buy their first home.