Nigeria's UBA reports first-half profit down 13 pct

LAGOS, July 25 Fri Jul 25, 2014 11:29am EDT

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LAGOS, July 25 (Reuters) - Nigeria's United Bank for Africa (UBA) said on Friday its half-year pretax profit fell to 28.89 billion Nigerian naira ($178.4 million), down 13 percent from 33.25 billion naira a year ago.

Gross earnings rose 8.7 percent to 138.32 billion naira during the six months to June 30, the top-tier lender said in a filing with the Nigerian Stock Exchange. ($1 = 161.9500 Nigerian Nairas) (Reporting by Chijioke Ohuocha; Editing by Erica Billingham)