March 15, 2017 / 7:13 AM / 6 months ago

British government cuts stake in Lloyds to below 3 percent

A pedestrian passes the head office of the Lloyds Banking Group in central London August 5, 2009. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government has reduced its stake in Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY.L) to just below 3 percent, putting the lender on track to be back in private ownership within the next few months.

UK Financial Investments Limited (UKFI), which manages the government’s stake, resumed share sales in October, having halted them for almost a year due to market turbulence.

UKFI said it had reduced its stake by about 1 percent to 2.95 percent in an announcement on Wednesday.

The government was left with a 43 percent stake in Lloyds after a 20.5 billion pound ($25.75 billion) taxpayer-funded bailout during the 2007-09 financial crisis.

Reporting By Pamela Barbaglia; Editing by Rachel Armstrong

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