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Citigroup Q3 net rises, boosted by accounting gain

Citigroup Q3 net rises, boosted by accounting gain

Charlotte, N.C: Citigroup Inc reported higher third-quarter earnings on Monday as the bank set aside less money to cover bad loans and recorded an accounting gain banks can take in turbulent markets.

Citigroup, the third-largest US bank by assets, reported net income of $3.77 billion, or $1.23 per share, up from $2.17 billion, or 72 cents per share, a year earlier.

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Excluding that gain, Citi earned $2.6 billion, or 84 cents per share.

It was not immediately clear if the results were comparable with analysts’ average earnings forecast of 81 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

The bank - which received two US government bailouts at the height of the financial crisis - is seeing its problem loan portfolio shrink.

Nonaccrual loans fell to $7.95 billion from $12.46 billion in the same quarter last year.

The bank’s share price has fallen about 40% this year, in line with declines for other large banks.

Citigroup shares rose 1% in premarket trading to $28.67 after the quarterly results were announced

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