DNB Q4 earnings beat f'cast

OSLO Thu Feb 7, 2013 1:42am EST

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OSLO Feb 7 (Reuters) - DNB, Norway's biggest bank, reported fourth-quarter earnings ahead of expectations on Thursday and said it expected loan losses to remain on roughly the same level this year as in 2012.

Fourth-quarter net profit fell to 3.81 billion Norwegian crowns ($694.09 million), from 4.09 billion a year ago, beating expectations for 3.32 billion. ($1 = 5.4892 Norwegian crowns) (Reporting by Gwladys Fouche)