PROFITS more than doubled at
The improving economic picture slashed its bad loan volumes, improving its earnings overall.
And the bank accelerated the sale of its crisis-era toxic assets, again cutting its bad loan provisions.
Profits came in at €100m (£79.3m) for the second quarter, more than double the €40m in the same period of 2013.
But its corporates and markets business turned in weaker figures, in part because of the ongoing squeeze hitting the bond markets.
Fixed income trading revenues helped drag down the unit's profits by 24 per cent on the year to €402m in the three-month period.
The bad bank part of the group saw its assets shrunk by 32 per cent on the year to €92bn. And
The bank's shares stayed flat, edging up just 0.09 per cent on the results.
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