Nigeria's Sterling Bank says H1 profit up 1 pct

LAGOS, July 25 Fri Jul 25, 2014 8:10am EDT

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LAGOS, July 25 (Reuters) - Nigeria's Sterling Bank said on Friday its first-half pretax profit rose marginally to 6.33 billion naira ($39.1 mln), from 6.27 billion a year early.

Gross earnings rose 16.4 percent to 48.69 billion naira during the six months period to June 30, the mid-tier lender said in a filing with the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

($1 = 161.88 Naira) (Reporting by Oludare Mayowa; Editing by Jason Neely)

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