Barclays to close branches and open up in supermarkets - claim

Barclays is to close a quarter of its 1,600 branches in the UK to improve results after the £290m Libor-rigging fine, The Financial Times claimed

Barclays Bank
Barclays Bank

Barclays will close a quarter of its 1,600 branches in the UK and cut hundreds of investment banking jobs as it aims to slash costs to meet targets, it was reported today.

The bank will replace around 400 branches with smaller sites in Asda supermarkets, the Financial Times said.

It is also understood to be preparing to axe several hundred jobs at a senior level in its investment banking business, on top of around 1,700 losses made in the division last year.

It comes as high street Lloyds Banking Group also announced plans to shed a further 1,080 jobs across its retail, risk, operations and commercial banking divisions.

Barclays’ chief executive Antony Jenkins is leading an overhaul to improve results and repair its tarnished image following the group’s £290m fine for rigging the Libor rate.

He is expected to set out new financial targets when he presents the bank’s results on February 11.

Last year Mr Jenkins announced that at least 3,700 jobs would be cut to reduce costs by £1.7bn, and revealed in shareholder meetings last March that the bank was considering using technology and automation to drastically reduce its workforce further.

Yesterday it was revealed that Barclays has reportedly also ordered staff to cut out all non-essential overseas travel.

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