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Regulatory costs hit Nordea Bank first-quarter profit

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Regulatory costs hit Nordea Bank first-quarter profit
FILE PHOTO: The Nordea bank logo is seen at the bank's headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File Photo   -   Copyright  Ints Kalnins(Reuters)
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HELSINKI (Reuters) – Nordea Bank, the Nordic region’s biggest lender, posted on Tuesday a bigger-than-expected drop in first-quarter operating profit, citing higher regulatory costs.

Operating profit fell 12 percent from a year earlier to 621 million euros (£537.3 million), missing analysts’ average expectation of 730 million in a Reuters poll of 19 analysts.

Interest income, the bank’s most important income line, fell 8 percent year-on-year to 1.06 billion euros, having been under pressure due to fierce competition in mortgages and household loans across the region.

(Reporting by Anne Kauranen and Tarmo Virki; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

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