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Britain's scandal-hit Barclays bank posted a 68-percent jump in first-half net profits on Wednesday, as it pushed ahead with a major restructuring that will shrink its investment bank division. Earnings after taxation surged to Â£1.13 billion ($1.9 billion, 1.4 billion euros) in the six months to June, from Â£671 million a year earlier, Barclays said in a results statement. Barclays, which has been plagued by a series of scandals in recent years, added that it was buoyed by its personal and corporate banking and its credit card unit, amid a major group-wide restructuring. Adjusted pre-tax profits however sank seven percent to Â£3.349 billion in the first half, hit by a 46-percent slump at its investment banking operations.