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Centrica's Half-Year Profit Drops 31% on Unprofitable Gas
Centrica Plc (CNA), grappling with an antitrust probe and the resignations of three senior managers, reported a 31 percent drop in first-half profit because of losses at its gas-fired power-generation business.
British Gas profits dented by warm weather  
UPDATE 1-Centrica first-half profits fall 35 pct  
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Profit at Lloyds Banking Group has fallen by nearly 50% to �863m in the first six months of the year compared to the previous six months.
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AstraZeneca, the drug maker which recently saw off a �70bn takeover attempt, has surprised investors by raising its full-year outlook following six months of "significant progress" in selling its new drugs.
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