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Goldman Sachs Reports Second Quarter Earnings Per Common Share Of $1.78

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Net revenues in Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Client Execution were $2.19 billion, 37% higher than the second quarter of 2011, reflecting higher net revenues in mortgages and commodities compared with difficult market-making conditions during the second quarter of 2011. During the second quarter of 2012, Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Client Execution operated in a challenging environment reflecting broad market concerns and uncertainty, which resulted in generally wider credit spreads and lower activity levels compared with the first quarter of 2012.

Net revenues in Equities were $1.70 billion, 12% lower than the second quarter of 2011, primarily due to lower net revenues in equities client execution, reflecting significantly lower net revenues in derivatives. In addition, commissions and fees were lower compared with the second quarter of 2011, generally consistent with broader market activity. Securities services net revenues were lower compared with the second quarter of 2011, reflecting the impact of slightly lower average customer balances. During the second quarter of 2012, Equities operated in an environment characterized by a decrease in global equity prices and higher volatility levels compared with the first quarter of 2012.

The net gain attributable to the impact of changes in the firm’s own credit spreads on borrowings for which the fair value option was elected was not material for the second quarter of 2012.

Investing & Lending

Net revenues in Investing & Lending were $203 million for the second quarter of 2012. Investing & Lending net revenues were negatively impacted by a decrease in global equity prices and generally wider credit spreads. Results for the second quarter of 2012 included a loss of $194 million from the firm’s investment in the ordinary shares of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited (ICBC) and net losses of $112 million from other investments in equities, reflecting losses in public equities, largely offset by gains in private equities. In addition, Investing & Lending included net interest income and net gains of $222 million from debt securities and loans, and other net revenues of $287 million, principally related to the firm’s consolidated investment entities.

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