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Profits at Slovenia banks may be halved in 2010 -c.bank

BRDO PRI KRANJU, Slovenia, Nov 12 (Reuters) - The Bank of Slovenia expects profits at Slovenian lenders to be halved in 2010 compared to 2009, the central bank governor Marko Kranjec said on Friday. "The profits of the Slovenian banks halved in 2009, and they will be halved once again in 2010 compared to 2009," Kranjec told reporters on the sidelines of an economic conference. Slovenia was badly hit by the global crisis due to its dependency on exports, and banks have been suffering due to continuous rising of non-performing loans. (Reporting by Marja Novak, writing by Igor Ilic, edited by ***) Keywords: SLOVENIA BANKS/ (igor.ilic@reuters.com; +385 1 4899970; Reuters Messaging: igor.ilic.reuters.com@reuters.net) COPYRIGHT Copyright Thomson Reuters 2010. All rights reserved.

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