Co-op Bank of Kenya's H1 pretax profit up 15 pct

NAIROBI Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:16am EDT

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NAIROBI Aug 13 (Reuters) - Co-operative Bank of Kenya increased its first half pretax profit by 15.2 percent from a year earlier to 6.7 billion shillings ($76.18 million) due to higher fees and net interest income, it said on Wednesday.

Co-op Kenya, which also has operations in neighbouring South Sudan, said fees and commissions for the period to the end of June increased by 18.4 percent to 1 billion shillings while net interest income rose 12 percent to 9.9 billion shillings

(1 US dollar = 87.9500 Kenyan shilling) (Reporting by James Macharia, editing by William Hardy)