February 16, 2017 / 9:10 PM / 5 months ago

Australia's ANZ Bank first quarter cash profit rises 31 percent

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SYDNEY, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Australia and New Zealand Banking Group on Friday reported a 31-percent rise in first-quarter unaudited cash profit due to a strong performance from its core lending business in Australia and New Zealand.

The country's No. 3 lender by market value said unaudited cash profit stood at A$2 billion for the quarter ended Dec. 31, but its net interest margin declined by "several basis points" due to higher funding costs.

Adjusted to remove the impact of certain one-off items, such as impairment and restructuring charges, unaudited cash profit rose 20 percent. The trading update did not provide as much detail as a full earnings statement. (Reporting by Jamie Freed; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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