“In a sign that some of the worst of the lending problems are behind them, Bank of Ireland signaled it wanted to buy back €1.8 billion in preference shares in the bank,” Darby added. “The news followed the announcement that pre-tax losses in the first half of 2013 have more than halved and net interest margins have also improved as Ireland’s biggest lender nears profitability.”

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Max Chen contributed to this article.