London-based, Asia-focused Standard Chartered Bank (Temasek owns 19%) has reported that pre-tax profits for the first six months of the year were $3.6bn (£2.2bn), up 17% from last year.
Profits grew in all the regions where Standard Chartered operates, except for its biggest market, India, where profits fell by 5%.
Profits grew by 23% in Hong Kong, 34% in Singapore, 14%in South Korea and 19% in China.Income from the Middle East grew 4%, in Africa it grew 10% and in the Americas and Europe it grew 11%.
It blamed rising interest rates, growing competition and regulatory changes for falling profits in India. It made a big bet in India financing takeover details. Will be interesting to see if these give the bank the same death-defying experiences as it gave some Wall Strret banks in the 1980s and 1990s. http://atans1.wordpress.com/2010/09/10/stanchart-getting-too-aggressive/