On June 12, 2009, Barclays sold its Global Investors unit, which included the iShares publicly traded fund business, to BlackRock for $13.5 billion.  Standard Life sold Standard Life Bank to Barclays in October 2009. The sale was completed on January 1, 2010.  On November 11, 2009, Barclays and First Data, a global provider of information technology, entered into an agreement under which Barclays migrates a number of card portfolios to First Data`s distribution and consumer financing platform.  On February 13, 2010, Barclays announced that it would pay more than $2 billion in bonuses.  In March 2011, it was reported that Barclays had overtaken the United Kingdom to claim the most deplored British position against the bank, with the country`s official banking regulator, the Financial Services Authority, registering 276,315 new customer complaints against Barclays Bank in the second half of 2010.  However, Barclays ranks only third in the UK among traditional clearing banks in terms of the number of branches. In line with cost reduction, Barclays is cutting 1,400 positions in the first half of 2011 and 1,600 additional positions for the remainder of 2011.  Barclays has agreed to pay $150 million to clarify a New York banking oversight investigation into a business practice that allowed the bank to take advantage of a tens of seconds delay between an order and its execution, sometimes detrimental to its customers, the recent consequences of the bank`s foreign exchange transactions.
 In some cases, Barclays used this system in its latest look to automatically refuse orders from customers that would not be profitable to the bank due to subsequent price fluctuations during the millisecond latency periods (“Hold”). Moreover, when Barclays customers asked about these trades refused, Barclays failed to reveal the reason why the trades were refused, instead of justifying themselves on technical questions or vague answers.  With more than 325 years of history and expertise in the banking sector, Barclays operates in more than 40 countries and employs approximately 83,500 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and customers around the world. For more information about Barclays, please visit our website www.barclays.com. About Barclays Barclays is an international financial services group that focuses on the management of the bank, investment banking and investment. In terms of market capitalisation, Barclays is one of the largest financial services groups in the UK. The group is also present in many other countries and is a global leader in services to multinational companies and financial institutions in the world`s major financial centres. As of December 31, 2003, the Barclays Group had 2,916 branches worldwide. Barclays has been working in the banking sector for more than 300 years and works in more than 60 countries with 74,800 employees (UK: 58,000). As part of the agreement, approximately 900 Barclays UK employees will travel to Accenture in the UK for a period of 12 months.