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Deutsche Bank posts $6.2 billion fourth-quarter loss

The fourth quarter decline contributes to the bank's first annual loss in more than 50 years.

Deutsche Bank, the biggest German bank, reported on Thursday a net loss of 4.8 billion in the fourth quarter, or $6.2 billion, compared with a profit of 953 million in the same period a year earlier, which was in line with its pre-announcement on January 14.

The bank said it had made a net loss of 3.9 billion for all of 2008, its first annual loss in more than 50 years.

We are very disappointed at our fourth-quarter result, and at the consequent full-year net loss in 2008, chief executive Josef Ackermann said in a statement yesterday. Operating conditions in the quarter were completely unprecedented, and exposed some weaknesses in our business model. We therefore...

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