Piraeus Bank profit drops on higher loan-loss provisions

Piraeus Bank, one of Greece's four largest banks, on Monday reported a sharp drop in third-quarter profit compared with the previous quarter on the back of higher loan impairment provisions and weaker trading income.

The bank, which is 26.2% owned by the country's HFSF bank rescue fund, reported a net profit from continued operations of 3.0 million euros ($3.55 million), down from net earnings of 85 million in the second quarter.

Piraeus Bank said loan impairment provisions rose 10% quarter-on-quarter to 175 million euros in July-to-September from 160 million in the second quarter.

The bank said it had 5.3 billion euros of loans under payment moratoria at the end of September.

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