February 3, 2016 / 3:25 PM / 2 years ago

Lloyds bank to cut 1,585 more jobs, close branches

LONDON (Reuters) - Lloyds Banking Group Plc (LLOY.L) said it would axe about 1,585 jobs and close 29 branches as part of sweeping cuts it announced more than a year ago, aimed at reducing Europe’s second-biggest lender’s workforce by 9,000.

A branch of Lloyds Bank is seen in the City of London December 16, 2014. The Bank of England warned Britain's banks they should expect a more exacting test next year of their defences in the event of a crisis abroad, after state-backed lenders narrowly passed a debut check focused on potential domestic strains. Lloyds and rival Royal Bank of Scotland scraped through this year's test, proving they could withstand the regulator's doomsday scenario of plummeting UK house prices and soaring unemployment, after both took pre-emptive measures to shrink their balance sheets and raise capital. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: BUSINESS) - RTR4I8R3

Wednesday’s announcement brings the total cuts announced so far to 5,530 since Lloyds’ announced in October 2014 that it would cut about 10 percent of its staff over three years due to the increasing popularity of online banking and the automation of some back office functions.

    The bulk of the reductions are across Lloyds’ retail businesses, although the group’s commercial banking, consumer finance and legal units will also see cuts, said a spokesman at employee trade union Unite, which has been consulted.

    The lender, which is closing branches from this June, said it would create about 170 new roles across its retail, commercial banking and legal divisions.

    Shares in Lloyds were trading around two percent lower at 15.20 GMT, outperforming a weaker broader market for European banking stocks.

    Reporting by Richa Naidu, additional reporting by Carolyn Cohn, editing by Kirstin Ridley

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