MUMBAI, July 21 HDFC Bank Ltd, India's second-biggest private sector lender by assets, reported on Monday a 21 percent rise in quarterly profit, lagging estimates, although asset quality remained stable.
The Mumbai-based bank said net profit rose to 22.33 billion rupees ($371 million) for its fiscal first quarter to end-June from 18.44 billion rupees a year earlier. Analysts had on average forecast a net profit of 23.21 billion rupees, according to Thomson Reuters data.
Weaker economic expansion has squeezed credit growth for Indian lenders, slowing their earnings growth in recent quarters. The sector is betting on a revival in economic activity after the new government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi took power in May. ($1 = 60.1850 Indian Rupees) (Reporting by Devidutta Tripathy; Editing by Prateek Chatterjee)