Nationwide post pre-tax profits of £1.3bn.

Nationwide building society has reported a 23% rise in full-year pre-tax profits to £1.3bn.

2016 Annual Results Financial highlights

9% increase in underlying profit to £1,337 million

23% increase in statutory profit to £1,279 million

Net lending of £9.1 billion (2015: £7.1 billion) a market share of 21.4% (2015: 31.2%)

Nationwide chairman David Roberts said: “These results are a testament to always putting our members first. I would like to thank Graham Beale for his huge contribution to the Society which has left the business in great shape, prospering as a modern mutual and I wish him well for the future. I am delighted to welcome Joe Garner as Nationwide’s new Chief Executive. Joe stood out as someone with a deep understanding of the sector, who has championed customer interest throughout his career, and who will set the strategic direction for the Society and our people.”

 Nationwide chief executive Joe Garner said: “Nationwide has demonstrated that outstanding customer service is the most sustainable path to excellent business performance. It’s a credit to the management and people of the Society that they have consistently understood this and organised Nationwide around this principle. As a result, last year we lent more money to help people into a home of their own than since before the financial crisis in 2007. More people are also choosing to manage their money with Nationwide, with over half a million new current accounts opened in the year. And our loyalty accounts and regular savings offering has led to an increase in member deposit balances of £6.3 billion.

Allen Walkey

Highly experienced businessman with a successful career in property sales and investment both in the UK and abroad. Now a freelance writer and blogger for the property and Investment Industry, keeping readers up-to-date with changes and events in a rapidly changing world.

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