Morning business round-up: Mis-selling costs hit Lloyds


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The provisions mean Lloyds reported a loss of £3.47bn in the first three months of the year.

Sony has blamed the online vigilante group Anonymous for indirectly allowing the security breach that allowed a hacker to gain access to the personal data of more than 100m online gamers.

French bank Societe Generale has reported a fall in first quarter profits. The bank said profits were down 13.8% to 916m euros, with international earnings hit particularly badly following unrest in Africa and the Middle East.

The European bank, among the most exposed to the regions, temporarily closed operations in Egypt, Tunisia and Ivory Coast because of the unrest.

German airline Lufthansa said it had also been affected by the unrest in North Africa.

The impact of the political unrest in the region, and of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March, had cost it 40m euros in the first quarter of the year, the carrier said.

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South Korea's parliament ratified a free trade agreement with the European Union, clearing the last hurdle for the deal to take effect in July.

The pact is expected to boost the value of trade in goods between South Korea and the EU to about 100bn euros (£84bn).

Consumer prices rose more than expected, bringing inflation to 4.5%.

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