BANGKOK, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Bangkok Bank, Thailand’s top lender by assets, reported a 21 percent rise in annual net profit for 2012 on Thursday, boosted by strong loan demand from businesses.
The bank reported a net profit of 33 billion baht ($1.11 billion), up from 27.34 billion a year earlier. It had been expected to show a profit of 32.8 billion baht, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
The bank’s lending grew 9.1 percent in 2012, it said in a statement. ($1 = 29.8600 baht) (Reporting by Khettiya Jittapong)