SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Bank of Communications Co Ltd 601328.SS, 3328.HK, China's fifth-largest state-owned listed bank by assets, reported on Tuesday a 4.9% rise in first-half net profit.
Profit came in at 42.75 billion yuan ($6.03 billion) for January-June, compared to 40.77 billion yuan in the same period a year earlier, the bank said in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange.
That implied a second-quarter net profit of 21.68 billion yuan, 4.83% higher than the year-earlier period, Reuters calculations showed.
Two analysts contacted by Reuters had on average forecast a 4.75% rise in quarterly profit.
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(Reporting by Engen Tham in Shanghai and Cheng Leng in Beijing; Editing by Christopher Cushing and Muralikumar Anantharaman)
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