British hedge fund Man Group logs interim net loss

British hedge fund manager Man Group on Tuesday revealed a first-half net loss of $164 million (135 million euros), blaming "turbulent" financial markets and economic uncertainty.

The loss after tax, suffered in the six months to the end of June, compared with a net profit of $70 million in the first half of 2011, Man Group said in a statement.

Total funds under management dived almost ten percent to $52.7 billion at the end of June from $58.4 billion at the end of December.

"Against a turbulent market and economic background, Man's funds under management have declined," said chief executive Peter Clarke.

"The result is a marked decline in underlying profitability."

Clarke unveiled another round of cost-cutting measures to save the group $100 million over the next 18 months and steer it back to profit.

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