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This excerpt taken from the BCS 6-K filed Jul 30, 2007.

Consolidation effect controlled non-financial investments

IAS 27 requires the consolidation of private equity investments over which we have control, including non-financial investments managed as private equity investments. However, as a practical matter, our private equity business is managed separately from the rest of our banking business and management does not measure the performance of our banking business based on our consolidated results of operations. Our private equity business involves buying equity stakes in unlisted companies over which we can establish influence or control, and managing these shareholdings as an investor for a number of years with a view to selling these with a profit. The companies in which we have these temporary holdings are active in different types of business other than the financial industry. We believe that combining these temporary holdings with our core banking business does not provide a meaningful basis for discussion of our financial condition and results of operations.

In the presentation of the tables in this press release, in order to understand our performance, we have removed the effects of a line-by-line consolidation in the income statement of the private equity holdings of our Business Unit Private Equity. The results excluding the consolidation effect include the ‘de-consolidated’ holdings based on the equity method. Similarly, in the presentation of our consolidated results of operations and in the segment discussion of our Business Unit Private Equity, we have removed the effects of consolidation of our private equity holdings from the various line items of the income statement and classified only the net operating profit of these investments under ‘Results from financial transactions’. The measures excluding the effects of consolidation of our private equity holdings are non-GAAP financial measures. Our management refers to these non-GAAP financial measures in making operating decisions because the measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our operational performance. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures facilitate management’s internal comparisons to our historical operating results and comparisons to competitors’ operating results. In accordance with applicable rules and regulations, we have presented, and investors are encouraged to review, reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable GAAP measures, i.e., reconciliations of our results excluding the consolidation effects of our private equity holdings to our results including those effects in this Annex.

The following table provides an overview of the income statement reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure ‘Group excluding consolidation effect’ to ‘Group including consolidation effect’, the latter being fully compliant with IFRS.

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