Harrods mulls the disposal of its banking unit as it meets with prospective advisers

 
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Harrods Bank was established more than 120 years ago (Source: Getty)

Harrods Group is mulling ditching its loss-making banking unit, according to reports.

The famous department store is interviewing potential advisers about handling a disposal of its banking unit, according to Sky News' Mark Kleinman. The bank made pre-tax losses of more than £13m over its last two financial years.

The appointment of advisers will lead to a review of options, one being selling the business, sources said.

Harrods declined to comment on the reports.

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Harrods Bank's value will be tricky to calculate because of its losses and uncertainty over whether the group's Qatari owners would allow the store's brand name to be licensed to a new owner.

The bank, which provides savings accounts and mortgages as well as first-of-its-kind gold bullion services, was established in 1893.

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