Goldman Sachs Group (GS) cut its compensation outlays for the first nine months of the year by 21% from a year earlier, as the giant investment bank responded to a drop in earnings by reducing salaries and benefits.
Goldman Sachs looked to cut costs as both revenue and profit fell on slower trading. The company earlier Tuesday reported that third-quarter earnings dropped 40% from a year earlier to $1.9 billion as revenue plunged 28% to $8.9 billion. However, Goldman's quarterly earnings per share of $2.98 handily beat consensus estimates of $2.28.
Goldman's revenue for the nine months dropped 14% to $30.5 billion.