During the fourth quarter 2004, Deutsche Bank recognized expenses of approximately EUR 0.6 billion on a pre-tax basis for the realignment programs and other efficiency measures. This total is comprised of the following elements:
. Severance and other staff related cost of approximately EUR 0.5 billion;
. Charges in connection with excess office space of approximately EUR 0.1 billion.
The above expenses include charges for programs outside of Germany as well as some items related to the Efficiency and Investment Plan for Germany, which was announced on 1 December 2004.
The Bank expects that, after providing for these items, net income in the fourth quarter 2004 will be positive.
Deutsche Bank's fourth quarter financial results, together with further details of business realignment and growth initiatives will be announced, as planned, on 3 February 2005.
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Results discussed in this released are based on preliminary numbers that are unaudited. Therefore, there is a potential for changes.
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