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Goldman profit almost doubles

US banking giant Goldamn Sachs has seen its profit for the first quarter of 2010 almost double.

The bank’s net earnings hit $3.46bn (£2.25bn) for the three months to March – compared with $1.8bn a year ago.

Goldman also revealed that it paid its employees will receive a £3.6bn bonus pot.

The results beat Wall Street forecasts with revenue penciled for $11bn, but hitting $12.8bn.