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Great Portland posts annual loss as pandemic batters retail portfolio

May 19 (Reuters) - London-focused property developer Great Portland Estates Plc reported a full-year loss on Wednesday, as the pandemic wreaked havoc in its retail portfolio.

The FTSE 250-listed company, which owns 2.6 million square feet of central London property, said loss after tax for the 12 months ended March 31 came in at 201.9 million pounds ($286.56 million), compared with a profit of 51.8 million pounds a year earlier.

$1 = 0.7046 pounds Reporting by Aby Jose Koilparambil in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich

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