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Societe Generale 2nd quarter earns slump
French bank Societe Generale posts 42 pct drop in 2nd quarter earns
By The Associated Press

PARIS (AP) Societe Generale SA says its net profit slumped sharply in the second quarter as the French bank continued with its efforts to meet new international banking capital requirements.

Societe Generale's net profit fell to 433 million ($532 million) in the three months to June, down 42 percent from 747 million a year earlier.

The bank, which gained notoriety as the victim of convicted fraudster Jerome Kerviel, says profit from corporate and investment banking plummeted more than 70 percent in the second quarter as the bank took losses disposing of 2.2 billion in collatoralized debt obligations and other risky, capital-intensive assets.

In a statement Wednesday the bank warned that it expects business conditions to "remain uncertain and challenging over the next few quarters."

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