- Bank sticking to full-year forecast
- Statements follow strategy meeting
- Bank to tweak presence in N. Africa, Middle East for energy
FRANKFURT, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Commerzbank's (CBKG.DE) top executives told employees on Friday that the next three months will be the hardest this year for the bank and that a recession in Germany was more likely.
"There are still three months of the business year ahead of us," finance chief Bettina Orlopp said in an interview posted on the bank's intranet and seen by Reuters.
"And in purely economic terms, they'll probably be the most difficult three months of the year," she said.
The bank is nevertheless forecasting a net profit this year of more than 1 billion euros ($977.20 million), helped by higher interest rates and what Orlopp described as good operational performance.
The statements follow a two-day meeting this week of management with the supervisory board to discuss strategy.
Chief Executive Officer Manfred Knof told employees in the online interview that the bank was tweaking its international presence in North Africa and the Middle East "because the issue of energy procurement will take on a totally new significance".
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz travelled to the Gulf last weekend to secure energy deals for Europe's largest economy.
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