RPT-Selling Irish business not an option - KBC CEO

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BRUSSELS, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Belgian banking group KBC

said on Monday that it was not an option to sell itsIrish business KBC Bank Ireland, a largely non-retail bank witha sizeable residential mortgage business.

"It is presently not an option to sell our Irish business,"Chief Executive Johan Thijs told a press conference on Monday.

KBC recorded 136 million euros in loan loss provisions inits Irish business during the second quarter, down from 195million in the first quarter.

(Reporting By Robert-Jan Bartunek; editing by PhilipBlenkinsop)

((robertjan.bartunek@thomsonreuters.com)(+32 2 2876850))

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