(FILES) Britain's Bank of England is pictured in central London, 18 June 2007. The Bank of England on Friday 14 September 2007 provided emergency financial support to the first major British bank to be severely hit by the credit crunch sparked by the US home loan crisis. Northern Rock, Britain's fifth biggest mortgage lender, warned that its profits would be up to 147 million pounds (214 million euros, 297 million dollars) lower than expected, sending its share price plunging by a quarter in early London trading. AFP PHOTO /FILES/ SHAUN CURRY (Photo credit should read SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)

(FILES) Britain's Bank of England is pictured in central London, 18 June 2007. The Bank of England on Friday 14 September 2007 provided emergency financial support to the first major British bank to be severely hit by the credit crunch sparked by the US home loan crisis. Northern Rock, Britain's fifth biggest mortgage lender, warned that its profits would be up to 147 million pounds (214 million euros, 297 million dollars) lower than expected, sending its share price plunging by a quarter in early London trading.  AFP PHOTO /FILES/ SHAUN CURRY (Photo credit should read SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)