Barclays said Monday that its first-half net profit rose 10% to 1.89 billion pounds ($3.16 billion) from 1.72 billion pounds a year earlier as total income net of insurance claims rose 37% to 16.25 billion pounds. Barclays said pretax profit at its Barclays Capital investment banking arm roughly doubled to 1.05 billion pounds, while most other divisions reported lower profit, including a 61% drop in pretax profit from U.K. retail banking to 268 million pounds. The group's bottom line fell short of the roughly 2 billion pound consensus forecast as impairment charges and other credit provisions rose 86% to 4.56 billion pounds. The bank said it intends to resume paying a dividend before the end of 2009 and said trends that lay behind its operating performance in the first half have continued into July. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/barclays-profit-rises-10-as-investment-bank-grows-2009-08-03 Sell.