In a surprise early announcement, the lender said it made a statutory pretax profit of £2.9bn in 2013, up from £2.46bn in 2012.
It comes after the bank revealed another £330m of legal bills for the final quarter of 2013.
The figures were published early as press reports based on analysts' estimates of the profits were very close to the real number.
Industry-watchers expect the full results to show some slippage in the plans to cut costs in the bank's sizeable investment banking arm.
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Over the next decade the bank is expected to shed tens of thousands of jobs, in large part because of new technologies.
Developments like a new service to photograph cheques on a phone and cash it remotely have removed the need for some customers to go to branches.
As a result, hundreds of branches will also be closed in the coming years.
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