Barclays' results cheer investors but not analysts

Barclays delivers on its promise to beat analysts' consensus estimates, posting a $9 billion profit, but with a substantial contribution from one-time gains.

UK bank Barclays managed to contain its profit decline in 2008 to 14% year-on-year with the help of a number of one-time gains. Investors can also take comfort from the fact that in some parts of the bank, at least, business continues as normal, with a 6% profit increase in retail and commercial banking and emerging markets delivering solid growth.

Barclays Group posted a profit for the year of 6.1 billion $9.1 billion, down 14% on 2007. This...

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