Qatar-based Barwa Bank has reported half-year profits of QR303.6mn, up 85% from the QR162.9mn recorded in the same period last year. Return on equity increased from 6.6% to 11%, with earnings per share rising from QR0.55 to QR1.01 on the back of a 10% increase in total assets to QR27.8bn. The highlight of the first half has been the high level of activity in corporate banking as major infrastructure projects have started to bear fruit. Also, contributing ware the strong performances in the bank’s treasury and trading businesses. Barwa Bank has also seen selective expansion in its retail footprint with two new high-profile branches nearing commissioning and good response to its special outlets located in the Ministry of Interior and the Navy.