Govt sells further LBG stake

Sarah Davidson

July 2, 2015

The latest share sale takes the total raised for the taxpayer to over £12.5bn and reduces the government’s shareholding to below 16%. All sales are used to reduce the national debt.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said: “I am determined to build on this success, and to continue to return Lloyds to the private sector and reduce our national debt.

“A trading plan involves gradually selling shares in the market over time, in an orderly and measured way. The trading plan was launched on 17 December 2014 and will end no later than 31 December 2015.”

As required by Financial Conduct Authority rules, Lloyds Banking Group announced today that the government’s shareholding in the bank has crossed through a one percentage point threshold.

This announcement therefore notifies the market that the government has reduced its shareholding in Lloyds to below 16%.

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