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American Express profit tumbles 85% as pandemic-related defaults loom

Shares were down about 1% before the bell, even as the group managed to eke out a small profit rather than report a loss as expected by analysts

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Net income fell to $257 million, or 29 cents per share, in the second-quarter ended June 30, from $1.76 billion, or $2.07 per share, a year earlier.

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Credit card issuer American Express Co reported an 85% slump in quarterly profit on Friday after it set aside nearly $628 million to prepare for a flood of potential defaults caused by coronavirus-led layoffs.

Shares were down about 1% before the bell, even as the group managed to eke out a small profit rather than report a loss as expected by analysts.

The health crisis has hammered economies worldwide and triggered mass layoffs, which in turn made more people default on their bills, hurting credit card issuers.

AmEx said its consolidated loss provisions stood at $1.6 billion, up from $861

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First Published: Jul 24 2020 | 6:48 PM IST

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