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Selling Irish business not an option - KBC CEO

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

said on Monday that it was not an option to sell its Irish business KBC Bank Ireland, a largely non-retail bank with a 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 in its Irish business during the second quarter, down from 195 million in the first quarter.

(Reporting By Robert-Jan Bartunek; editing by Philip Blenkinsop)

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

Keywords: KBC IRELAND/