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UK banking sector's prospects look to be getting worse as election looms

Lenders' efforts to boost profit are being frustrated by probes into alleged currency and interest rate-rigging

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TRYING TO REFOCUS: Since the coalition government took power in 2010, UK bank stocks have lost 7 per cent. Their US counterparts have returned 46 per cent.

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WHATEVER the outcome of Britain's election next week, the outlook for the country's banks is worsening.

Almost seven years since the industry received the biggest taxpayer bailout in history, public confidence in banks is near an all-time low and lenders' efforts to boost

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