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Dunfermline fails to quash bailout rumours

Jim Willens, chief executive of Dunfermline says the society will not be making any comment on speculation that its seeking a bailout after reported losses of up to 26m.

A message on the societys website this morning says: The articles are speculative. Our results are due out in the next two weeks, and we will not comment on them until that time. Meanwhile, our focus remains as always on looking after our members. Thank you for your continued support.

The society made a 2m profit in 2007 but it is understood the Financial Services Authority has been forced to step in and try and find a buyer after heavy losses.

A number of societies are believed to have been approached by the regulator but no deal has yet to be done.


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