Byline: Nicola Hobday in London
LONDON -- British bank Lloyds TSB Group plc will have an added incentive to sharpen its focus across the English Channel, if the U.K. government blocks its [pound]20 billion ($28.2 billion) bid for rival Abbey National plc as expected.
The problem is, without Abbey, a deal on the continent will be all the more difficult, analysts said.
The U.K. Department of Trade and Industry is expected to rule Tuesday -- assuming the regulatory agency shows its hand as expected 20 working days after the Competition Commission secretly made its recommendation to government regulators.
Analysts said a negative decision on the Lloyds bid isn't definite. But British newspaper reports have speculated that the deal …